This is the most amazing, mouth dropping film I saw at Sundance this year.
Firstly, hats off to the programmers and the organization for finding and presenting this one. Sundance’s docs and international features are usually
superb but this one takes the cake.
We describe it – hold onto your hats now – as a lesbian vampire mermaid horror musical comedy. No kidding.
And it has a female director and 2 amazing female mermaid leads. More powerful woman filmmaking.
What’s it about?? I dunno. Maybe don’t ever mess with (or fall in love with) a mermaid even if she’s a cute, nude and impossibly young. Your life is no
longer yours then.
Takes place in a (very) shabby music hall type bar where the (um) ‘girls’ are put on display. Pour water on them and they grow 12 foot fish tails. Dry them
off and they become ‘normal’ girls except for no normal female genitals, just smooth skin down there.
The musical numbers work very well.
I couldn’t stop watching or laughing, amazed at how this rollicking weird story just keeps going.
In Polish made in Poland.
“The Lure” won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Unique Vision and Design
From the catalog –
One dark night, at water’s edge, a family of musicians encounter aquatic sirens Silver and Golden. After assuring the family that they won’t eat them
up, the winsome mermaids are recruited to join the Figs and Dates band at a neon-lit Warsaw dance club. When Silver becomes romantically entangled with
beautiful blonde bassist Mietek, the more cunning Golden, who cannot escape her bloodthirsty nature and assimilate, worries that her sister’s
relationship will doom their shared dream of swimming to a new life in America.
This weird, wild, 1980s-set musical horror film wittily plays with the lust and repulsion the bewitching sisters create with their combination of
Barbie doll–smooth bodies and impressively long glittering mermaid tails. With a knack for both burlesque and the grotesque, first-time feature
director Agnieszka Smoczyńska creates a world saturated in color and Europop slickness that twists with absurdity and drips with blood.
Director: Agnieszka Smoczyńska
Screenwriter: Robert Bolesto
Cast: Zygmunt Malanowicz, Andrzej Konopka, Kinga Preis, Jakub Gierszal, Michalina Olszanska, Marta Mazurek
Poland / 92 Min
Director bio –
Agnieszka Smoczyńska is a graduate of the University of Silesia’s Krzysztof Kieślowski Faculty of Radio and Television (in directing), the Wajda
School, and the University of Wroclaw (in culture studies). She received the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Scholarship and won the My
Talent for Poland program and Golden PEN award, granted by the president of Poland. Her short films Kapelusz, 3 Love, and Aria Diva have won awards at
film festivals around the world.