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Crime | Drama
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Polish 2.0  
Run Time:
106 min
IMDB Rating:
6.4 / 10 
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Directors: Piotr Domalewski [Director] ,

Movie Description:
A criminal story set in the 1980s. Robert, a young policeman "out of principle", finds a serial gay killer. In the course of the investigation, he meets Arek. She decides to use him as an informant, not realizing how much this relationship will affect not only his work, but also his personal life. —G


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A taut Polish thriller

On one level this is a superior rogue cop thriller, very much in the film noir tradition. The direction is taut. The performances are strong. And it's intriguing from start to finish. But Operation Hyacinth is also a tense and nuanced study of homophobia and the inevitable hypocrisy that goes with it. It is specifically about Poland in the 1980s, but there are almost identical stories of police persecution and conspiracy in many other places - the US and Australia to name just two, around the same time. (The recent Australian TV series, Deep Water, covers much the same territory.). What elevates Hyacinth is the way it explores the twin moral dilemmas of Robert, an aspiring secret service officer who is challenged by corruption and by his own sexuality. It's several cuts above most gay-themed movies. Recommended.

Good thriller

Glad to be just a newborn during that period of time (1985-1987) from what I saw on this movie.

It is successful in painting bleak and grimy days of communist Poland and it is respectful to every party involved, even the police/militia lol.

Good job to everyone involved. IMO this is better than other similarly themed Netflix original movies: Dance of 41, Dear Ex and I Am Jonas.

great timestamp...

And a fly on the wall look at how lbgtq+ where treated as criminals in communist republic of poland, it hasnt nescesarrily changed so much but it tells the harsh climate back then.

Props and production design are very good, filmographically its from the best of polish traditions, and the story and plot is extremely different from hollywoods.

So take a deep dive into the groin of polandish homophobia, its dark, wellacted and pretty groundbreaking silver screen art from east of the old iron curtain. Grumpy old man recommends.
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