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The Lure

Córki Dancingu
2015 / 92m - Poland
Horror, Fantasy
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A lovely little oddball film. The Lure is a Polish musical about mermaids, with strong horror overtones and some romcom elements to make absolutely sure there's nothing like it out there. While not everything works equally well, if you like something different, then you can't go wrong with this one.

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Two young mermaids move out of the water and join the crew of a nightclub. They perform on stage together and they're quite a hit with the clients of the club, but when one of them falls in love with a human it drives a wedge between the two. While one of the mermaids goes on a rampage, the other wants to give up her life as a mermaid to become a true human being.

While the idea of a musical is fun, the Polish language isn't exactly elegant. Director Smoczynska also seems unable to fully commit to the musical part of her film, more explicit routines and a little extra kitsch would've pushed this film further over the top. Other than that, The Lure delivers. It's a weird mix of elements that's difficult to compare with anything else out there and is sure to leave a lasting impression.

A fine anthology with a couple of pretty cool shorts. The biggest problem is that the best ones are all at the front, which makes the second half a bit disappointing. Even so, a pretty varied and fun take on popular folklore, the Turkish short is by far the best of the bunch, the American one is the weakest. Good fun though.