“Królowa” (“Queen”) follows a reputed Parisian tailor and former drag queen who returns to his hometown to fix his relationship with his daughter. But his return to his past would involve a lot more than making amends.
This four-part Polish series (in Polish and French, with subtitles, or dubbed) would be worth watching for the costumes and production design alone, but luckily, it’s also a lovely story, straightforward but refined, like luscious wrapping paper from a luxury store. Andrzej Seweryn stars as Sylwester, a Parisian tailor by day and a drag queen by night. When he receives a letter from the granddaughter he didn’t know he had about the ailing daughter he abandoned, he heads back to Poland to make things right.
“Queen” has a vibrant visual style, with lush suiting and vivid primary colors, but it still feels like real life, as if the cobalt-blue bathroom were a choice the characters would truly make. If you want something poignant but happy, watch this.
And it is nice to see a Polish series at a moment when we are not very loved in Poland.