My first movie list is to help you find some nice ideas, what you can watch while staying at home. So here it is.
It’s a first Polish series produced exclusively for Netflix. The idea of this series is quite new, at least for the Polish market, as the filmmakers show Poland, which is still under the communist regime. They imagine how it would be, if the Poles wouldn’t have fought against communism. However, they assume also that without the Polish movement in 1989, the Iron Curtain would still be there. I’ve read somewhere, that Poland inspired but in fact didn’t have so much influence in the fall of communism as Poles tend to think. The things in the USRR after the Chernobyl were getting worse and worse regardless of the Polish movement and some claim, that it was the real beginning of the fall of communism in the Sovie Union. But this only as small digression and one of the many thoughts regarding this topic. The series might be definitely interesting.
Bonus: it was coproduced with USA.
Ultraviolet was the first Polish series I saw on German Netflix but it wasn’t produced exclusively for it. It’s about 30-years old Ola, who comes back to Poland after living few years in UK. She works as Uber driver and one night becomes a witness of a murder. Soon it occurs that she’s the only witness and step by step helps the detectives to solve the mystery. Yes, nothing like wow, I admit. I still liked it somehow, it’s a nice series to watch after work, when you want to give your brain a break from hard thinking. Probably not a good reason for a detective story, right? Itshould be rather intricate to get you interested but if you won’t expect to much from it, you’re going to enjoy it. Worth mentioning: each episode is a different story.
Bonus: Ola is a short version of Polish name Aleksandra, thus don’t get irritated when sometime’s you’ll hear characters calling “Ola” or “Aleksandra”, while refering to the same person. Also it’s sometimes mixed up in the subtitles, which I couldn’t get why. Foreign audience won’t understand it without the knowledge of the Polish female names. However, you’ll now know what’s going on here!
Women of Mafia 2
I need to warn you here: Womena of Mafia 2 is really brutal. And the brutality here is only to show criminal world and nothing more (so don’t expect some smart moral coming out of this at the end of the movie). It was directed by Patryk Vega, who got to be known in Poland exactly only for this: brutal, easy to digest movies for masses. It’s nothing special and it doesn’t belong to my favourite ones. For these who are fans of mafia / crime movies, that’s a good chance to see how this type of movies are being done in Poland. Pitbull is probably better example for Patryk Vega’s filmography but as it’s not available in Germany, you can try with this to check out the director’s style.
Bonus: one of the wifes is played by Agnieszka Dygant, who got to be famous in Poland thanks to the Polsih version of The Nanny named Fran.
Another cime series, this time not 100% origianted from Poland as it’s based on a Swedish series Morden Sandhamn, which was inspired by a book “Still Waters” by Viveca Sten. However, what differentiates it from the previous two is for example its cast. Magdalena Boczarska and Joanna Kulig, just to mention a few.
In comparison to Ultraviolet, this series has one story which is developed over few episodes. What makes it unusual are also settings in the north of Poland: Gdynia and Hel, the latter is a small peninsula. I can’t name spontainousley movies, which were shot there and this is what I liked about it: we get to see other regions of Poland. Finally, it’s not only about Warsaw or Cracow. If you ask me, which series I’m going to finish watching, definitely this one.
Bonus: Joanna Kulig will be seen soon in the Netflix series Eddy. Unfortunately nothing connected with Poland but directed by Damien Chazelle (who brought us the amazing La la land), so it’s still worth adding to your Watchlist.
The Art of Loving
Probably the best position of all these mentioned above, even though I haven’t watched 1983 or The Crime until the end yet. Neither Ultraviolet. I wrote a separate post about this movie so if you haven’t seen it, here’s the link: https://thepolishcinephile.com/the-art-of-loving/
And one more Bonus
The Witcher is probably the best known title from all of these mentioned above. It’s not made in Poland but based on Polish books written by Andrzej Sapkowski. I would call it a Polish version of The Lord of the Rings.