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This genre-defying horror-musical mash-up the bold debut of Polish director Agnieszka Smoczynska 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 Smoczynska 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.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
- High-definition digital master, supervised by director of photography Kuba Kijowski, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
- New program about the making of the film, featuring interviews with director Agnieszka Smoczynska, actors Marta Mazurek and Michalina Olszanska, screenwriter Robert Bolesto, Kijowski, composers Barbara and Zuzanna Wronski, sound designer Marcin Lenarczyk, and choreographer Kaya Ko odziejczyk
- Deleted scenes
- Aria Diva (2007) and Viva Maria! (2010), two short films directed by Smoczynska
- New English subtitle translation
- PLUS: An essay by writer Angela Lovell
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With beautifully bright neon colors and murky blackened green set pieces, to the non sequitur-esque lyrics of the original songs, and the mesmerizing but dangerous beauty of the mermaid leads, The Lure is just my kind of strange mixed with creative honesty and uniquity. I need more bizarre yet honest musicals like The Lure and Repo: The Genetic Opera in my life.
The film hovers in the netherworld between fantasy and reality, mixing choreographed numbers and romance. Silver falls for the house band’s bass player (Jakub Gierszal), which threatens her relationship with her sister. Gold decides to pursue singing her siren song to attract unwitting victims so she can feast on them.
Director Agnieszka Smoczynska has crafted a one-of-a-kind motion picture. What starts as a fairy tale transforms into a rock musical horror flick, with things getting gruesome and bloody. The over-the-top audacity of the movie makes it worth seeing. A coming-of-age fairy tale with a catchy synthesizer-laced soundtrack, wild song-and-dance numbers, and gritty settings, it explores themes of emerging sexuality, exploitation, and the compromises of adulthood. It’s not a cinematic classic by any means, but it is so bizarre, and so out there, that it has to be seen to be believed.
Bonus materials on the unrated widescreen Blu-ray release include a making-of-featurette containing interviews with director Agnieszka Smoczynska, actors Marta Mazurek and Michelin Olszanska, screenwriter Robert Bolesto and other crew members; deleted scenes; “Aria Diva” (2007) and “Viva Maria!” (2010), short films by Smoczynska; trailer; and a critical essay. The film is in Polish, with English subtitles.
This film looks amazing. The production design and the cinematography are top notch. The performances are all great. I do wish certain scenes would play out as a traditional narrative rather than be rushed through via a song a dance. I find it hard to get fully invested when a song kicks in every few minutes. But if you like musicals I think you will like this. Stylistically its bonkers!