THE PLAGUES OF BRESLAU is a crime-thriller on Netflix. This Polish movie (org. title Plagi Breslau) features a serial killer and some amazing female characters. Fans of serial killer movies should definitely give it a shot. Read our full The Plagues of Breslau review here!

The Plagues of Breslau is a new Netflix crime-thriller from Poland. You may already be familiar with the Polish TV series The Mire which was recently added to Netflix. If not, you might want to check it out. It’s a brutal and fascinating series.

Recommended reading: Our review of the Polish crime series The Mire here >

This new Polish movie on Netflix is about a police officer hunting a serial killer who kills someone in Breslau every day at 6 PM. If you’re a fan of serial killer plots, then this is absolutely worth watching. Also, it’s only around an hour and a half, so it’s quick to watch.

Continue reading our The Plagues of Breslau review below.

Amazing female characters

One of the things you’ll take away from watching The Plagues of Breslau will no doubt be the truly brilliant female characters. Sure, they’re kick-ass in various ways, but they’re not necessarily very likable. And I love it!

We’ve seen male characters like that for decades and it’s time to let the freak flag fly for the female characters as well. They’re broody, angry, strong, smart, and have weak spots. Just like all their male counterparts. Don’t get me wrong though, there are some amazing male characters in The Plagues of Breslau as well.

The one thing, I am not a fan of is the hairstyle of the main protagonist, officer Helena Rus. It’s just very unpractical and weird to me. However, that is the one thing that doesn’t really work for me… and actually, it does work for this quirky character.

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Patryk Vega directed and co-wrote The Plagues of Breslau. I don’t think I’m familiar with any of Patryk Vega’s previous work, but he has directed a lot of TV series and movies for the past 15 years.

Also, he tends to write or co-write most of the productions he directs. The co-writer on The Plagues of Breslau is Sylwia Koperska-Mrozinska and this is her only writing credit (according to IMDb anyway).

To me, this is the kind of crime-thriller that I hope will get people into watching more foreign productions. It’s a fascinating and entertaining plot that most fans of crime and thriller movies should enjoy. Also, while it is very dangerous to make these comparisons, it deserves being labeled a Se7en-style movie. Yes, it really is worth your time!

The Plagues of Breslau is out on Netflix from April 22, 2020.


Director: Patryk Vega
Writers: Sylwia Koperska-Mrozinska, Patryk Vega
Stars: Malgorzata Kozuchowska, Daria Widawska, Katarzyna Bujakiewicz, Tomasz Oswiecinski, Andrzej Grabowski, Ewa Kasprzyk


After a body is found sewn inside a cow hide, a Wrocław detective discovers a killer is recreating an 18th-century “plague” of criminal punishments.

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