ByJase Peeples, writer at
Jase Peeples

Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Smoczynska has made her directorial debut diving into the deep end of awesome with The Lure, a cannibal mermaid musical fable.

Yes, you read that right. Cannibal. Mermaid. Musical. Fable.

And if there’s just one thing you do today, let it be soaking up the film’s new trailer that recently surfaced.

La La Land may be the musical people are claiming will invigorate the musical, but The Lure is taking the genre into uncharted waters.

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The Lure takes place 1980s Poland in an alternate history and follows the story of two carnivorous mermaid sisters who are drawn to the temptations of land-dwelling life. They become the singing sensations of the city’s nightlife thanks to their wicked beauty and siren song, but when of the sisters falls for a human, tensions rise and fangs fly.

It's a Europop-infused, delightfully dark and twisted take on Hans Christian Andersen’s original Little Mermaid tale.

The Lure [Janus Films]
The Lure [Janus Films]

The Lure made a splash at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and continued to make waves around the festival circuit. Indiwire gave the film a solid B+ last year, saying:

Crafted as a kaleidoscope of color and nightclub sparkle, The Lure’s glitter does not distract from the fact that this is a technically confident and often quite accomplished piece of filmmaking, with a rare ability to dance intuitively between linear plotting and phantasmagoric fantasy. Sundance placed the film as part of the World Drama lineup rather than the more overtly strange Midnight program, and we’re hoping that means the festival has as much faith in Smoczyńska’s future as a director as we do.

However, Smoczynska own introduction of her film perfectly summarizes The Lure, which will be opening at New York’s IFC Center on February 1 with a national rollout following after. (Just wait for the ending in the below video.)

Are you hooked? Will you be watching The Lure?


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