This genre-defying horror-musical mash-up - the bold debut of Polish director Agnieszka Smoczyriska - follows a pair of carnivorous mermaid sisters drawn ashore to explore life on land in an alternate 1980s Poland. Their tantalizing siren songs and otherworldly auras make them overnight sensations as nightclub singers in the half-glam, half-decrepit world of Smoczyriska's imagining. The director gives fierce teeth to her viscerally sensual, darkly feminist twist on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid", in which the girls' bond is tested and their survival threatened after one sister falls for a human. A coming-of-age fairy tale with a catchy synth-fueled soundtrack, outrageous song-and-dance numbers, and lavishly grimy sets, The Lure explores its themes of emerging female sexuality, exploitation, and the compromises of adulthood with savage energy and originality.
New program about the making of the film, featuring interviews with director Agnieszka Smoczyriska, actors Marta Mazurek and Michalina Olszariska, screenwriter Robert Bolesto, Kijowski, composers Barbara and Zuzanna Wroriskie, sound designer Marcin Lenarczyk, and choreographer Kaya Kotodziejczyk
Aria Diva (2007) and Viva Maria! (2010), two short films by Smoczyriska
A Polish mermaid musical that knocks the socks off La La Land, excellent performances and great music blend together to create a film which is really original and totally revitalizes the Little Mermaid story, turning it into something edgy and exhilarating A real little gem of a film..