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Who Was The Woman Massimo Watched On The Beach In Netflix's 365 Days?

"365 Days" is a Polish film based on the first novel in a trilogy by author Blanka Lipińska. Starring Michele Morrone and Anna-Maria Sieklucka, the movie is an erotic thriller that's a thoroughly sexed-up crossover between "Fifty Shades of Gray" and "Beauty and the Beast," that garnered attention for its graphic sex scenes and questionable rhetoric.

The film starts off with a bang, quite literally. Massimo (Morrone) and his mob boss father are meeting with fellow mafia members when it all goes south. Massimo's father is killed and Massimo is shot, although he ultimately survives. Massimo actually relays that the bullet went through his dad and hit him, but that bizarre anecdote is actually one of the tamer moments in the film. Parts of the plot are so outrageous that it makes you wonder how any part of the narrative is based on a true story.

Right before he's shot, Massimo uses binoculars to admire a woman on a nearby beach. It's a brief, but incredibly important scene that leads to the film's main romance. If you can't recall who Massimo sees on the beach in "365 Days," then you've come to the right place.

Massimo is infatuated with Laura at first sight

The woman that Massimo admires on the beach is Laura (Anna-Maria Sieklucka)! Even though his father meets a brutal end, Massimo never forgets the face of the woman he admired on the beach and he becomes convinced that she's his one true love.

After Massimo recovers from being shot, he becomes obsessed with finding Laura. He even has paintings of her commissioned from memory to hang in his house for years before they even meet in person. After Massimo starts holding Laura captive, he explains that he's been searching for her ever since he saw her on the beach, and this is where the central plot picks up. Even though Massimo pledges not to touch her until she gives him permission, he does so continuously throughout the film without her consent. While it's supposed to be titillating and romantic, it's no wonder that "365 Days" received some major backlash for romanticizing kidnapping, harassment, and domestic violence. 

Massimo and Laura never discuss their brief, one-sided interaction on the beach. It almost seems like Massimo was just imagining Laura before he was shot — a theory that's only refuted when Massimo's father takes a look at her through the binoculars as well. There are currently two sequels in development at Netflix (per Deadline), so it's possible that viewers will learn more about that scene from Laura's perspective in the next movie.