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 brat pitt on Letterboxd

    ........ this mermaid really went through all That just so she could bang a knock off evan peters huh ............ 

    ok wait i was about to post this but then i remembered that 3 years ago i made out with a dude at a party just because he looked like a knock off evan peters in the dark so i really can’t judge 😩

  • ★★★★ 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.

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  • ★★★★ review by Arielrocks5 on Letterboxd

    This reminded me a lot (particularly the last half) of the original "Little Mermaid" story mixed with its own unique style and way of telling it (being set in modern day and in a nightclub). I especially love the color palettes and how wonderful the blues and greens looked, making the entire film feel as if it was all shot underwater instead of above it.

    Gave me some vibes of "Spring" too in terms of how they handle the body aspects of their creatures, and the design (while a bit off putting for me at first, too used to the typical fish fin look for mermaids instead of the ell one they go for here)/practical effects look fantastic.

    The lead actresses are nice too, and the songs (oh right, did I forget to mention this is a musical? Well, it's a musical on top of everything I mentioned above) are great too. It's not afraid to be weird and contains a lot (and I mean a lot) of bizarre sequences, but it never feels in your face and more or less does it to express more elements at hand (stuff that probably went over my head, again, as usual).

    This isn't something I'd say is for everyone (there's a lot here that's hard to stomach and the overall style and predestination may turn some people off), but if you're in the mood to check out one of the more unique films to be released in the last couple years, give this one a shot.

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