Available this Thursday on Netflix, Dance with the Queens is a Swedish musical film centered on a young woman who accidentally enters the world of drag queens.
What is it about ?
The film tells the story of Dylan Pettersson, a 23-year-old young woman from a small island in the Bohuslän archipelago who dreams of becoming a dancer. When she reluctantly accepts a job as a housekeeper at a declining drag club, Queens, the club’s star dancer and choreographer accidentally discovers Dylan’s talent. If this one is dying to perform in the establishment, a woman hardly has her place in a drag queens show. But don’t we say that when we want, we can?
You will not have missed the original title of the film, Dancing queens, refers to Abba’s tube. And even if it is about brushings and glitter all in a disco atmosphere, the universe of the film is still quite far from that of the Swedish group.
To get Pride Month off to a good start, Netflix is adding to its catalog this lovely film where Dylan (Molly Nutley) rebuilds himself in contact with drag queens a year and a half after the death of his mother. While she has been dancing since her early childhood, she bluffs Victor, the choreographer of a declining club in the heart of a chance encounter.
Then begins a game of pretenses. Like other great classics (Victor victoria, Tootsie, Mrs. Doubtfire), Dance with the queens plays on cross-dressing but not that of drag queens! It is Dylan who hides his true identity from the drag queens, with the complicity of Victor, to make his dream come true. That of going up and dancing on stage.
The result is a film full of energy and kindness, on the acceptance of oneself and of the other in all its richness and its differences. Molly Nutley’s performance is even more stunning once she dons her drag queen outfit. But we especially remember the magnetic presence of Fredrik Quiñones who lends his features to Victor.
Model, dancer and choreographer, the young man has all the assets necessary to make sparks. We would not be surprised to see him again very quickly on the screens.