The Lure

Two mermaid sisters, who end up performing at a nightclub, face cruel and bloody choices when one of them falls in love with a beautiful young man.


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  • ★★★★ review by Lucy on Letterboxd

    the two mermaids: hissing and singing and chewing on human body parts

    me with my camera out: you're doing amazing sweeties

  • ★★★★ review by davidehrlich on Letterboxd

    a gorgeously shot Polish goth musical about homicidal teen mermaids hired to sing at a nightclub. obviously essential.

    fun fact: i watched this on ambien and spent most of the following day thinking that it was a dream i had. only after someone mentioned that they were going to a press screening of "the mermaid movie" did it click for me like at the end of The Usual Suspects. (i watched it again)

  • ★★★★ review by davidehrlich on Letterboxd

    Imagine if Gaspar Noé and (the late) Andrzej Zulawski collaborated on a remake of “The Little Mermaid” and you’ll have a faint idea of what to expect from Agnieszka Smoczynska’s “The Lure,” a wonderfully demented new musical that bridges the gap between Hans Christian Andersen and Nine Inch Nails.

    The fun begins in Communist-era Poland, where a mopey young musician named Mietek (Jakub Gierszal) stands by the waters of Warsaw and strums a folksy lament. If Mietek doesn’t seem all that surprised when two comely sea sirens pop their heads out of the surf and sing a reply (promising not to eat him, natch), perhaps that’s because he’s a little tipsy — given the strange energy that pumps through Smoczynska’s film from start to finish, it won’t be long before you know just how he feels.


  • ★★★★ review by Serafina on Letterboxd

    Musical mermaids murdering men = a movie made for moi.

  • ★★★★ review by Milez Das on Letterboxd

    I never expected this. I mean this is just so beautiful and unique in its own way that you can't help but fall in love. You have everything you need here.

    Two beautiful mermaids Golden and Silver make a pit stop in Poland before going to America. They meet a rock band who take them back at the nightclub where they work. Golden and Silver with their beautiful voice and exquisite beauty get famous. But the problem start to arise when Silver falls in love the bass player while Golden tries to convince her not to while making preys of her own.

    Intriguing in every manner. It looks like a fairytale Rated R. It has dreamy moments, it has has rock moments, it has the horror theme and finally a meaning of love and life that leaves you.

    When you look at Silver's journey, you see she is just like an teenager. Experiencing everything for the first time, her cigarette, a drink, falling in love to a length that she is willing to sacrifice everything that made her what she is. Even the final shot of her is like a fairy tale. While Golden is quite mature and knows the outcome of all this.

    Michalina Olszańska and Marta Mazurek who play the two mermaids are nothing short of a dream. They Lure you in and make those 90 minutes fly by. Agnieszka Smoczyńska directs this movie like an mixture of genre. Finding its place in every moment. The songs are especially like an cherry on top.

    The Lure is something innovative in its inspired structure. It will make you dance, scared and fall in love. Just watch it.

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