The Lure

The Lure poster

The Lure movie poster

Somewhat based on The Little Mermaid, The Lure (Córki dancingu) is a daring, surprising work that manages to turn a children’s tale into an adult horror story while preserving its innocence. Set in Poland in the 80’s and featuring several new wave influenced music performances, The Lure centers on 2 mermaids, Gold and Silver, who find a new life as singers in a nightclub. They will learn to live as humans, get a taste for love but will ultimately find out that switching from one species to another isn’t as easy as it seems.

To be frank, I didn’t know much about that movie, besides that it involved mermaids and, from the get-go, I found myself pleasantly surprised.  The first thing I noticed was its original, inhibited and joyful tone, The Lure offering a colorful blend of comedy, drama, music and horror.  There are grotesque characters, amusing moments, music numbers as well as light doses of eroticism and gore, elements that recall 70’s Italian cinema and Emir Kusturica (Arizona Dream, Time of the Gypsies).

While the story is your typical fish – or should I say mermaid – out of the water romance, this isn’t what matters here but rather how the filmmaker, Agnieszka Smoczyńska, is enjoying playing with film genres to surprise us while delivering a sleek work. The Lure pays homage to the 80’s both musically and visually, with a flashy, decadent style reminiscent of 80’s iconic French designer Jean-Paul Goude, Pierre  & Gilles – and by this I mean in spirit, not actually copying their style.

But what I think might be Ms. Smoczyńska’s greatest achievement is the fact that she can corrupt a kids’ novel with adult themes without fully spoiling its purity, which might be due to the fact that she’s a woman, rather than a man. The Lure features copious nudity from its two mermaids Marta Mazurek and Michalina Olszańska as well as a few gore moments – they eat humans and animals after all – but, surprisingly, it feels almost innocent, keeping the premise’s childlike essence, rather than making it a gratuitous exploitation flick.

Supported by its leading ladies’ courageous performances, The Lure is a fresh work that has all the ingredients needed to gain cult status.

Director: Agnieszka Smoczynska – Actors: Marta Mazurek, Michalina Olszanska – Running Time: 1:32 – Year: 2016 – Country: Poland
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Fred Thom

Fred Thom

Editor-in-Chief/Founder/Film Critic at Plume Noire
The founder and editor-in-chief of Plume Noire, Fred Thom covers film festivals and writes movie reviews. He was born in Marseilles, France and is now living in Los Angeles, California.
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