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Lure (The)

Poland, Polish, 92 mins

Original Title

Córki Dancingu
  • Director: Agnieszka Smoczynska
  • Writer: Robert Bolesto

CGiii Comment

It's a musical...with - quite possibly - the worst songs ever to be heard in the confines of a cinema. A grizzly gang of caterwalling cats could produce a more harmonious sound than what is offered here...

As for the plot...well, it's all over the place...more jumbled than a plate of over-cooked spaghetti...

Yes...the imagination flows from the sublime to the ridiculous. Some will call it quirky, others will deem it both impenetrable and bizarre...but, it is enertaining.

Dwell not on trying to understand it all...the director probably hadn't a clue what was going on either...it almost feels like director and writer existed in different spheres throughout the creative process.

And, this 'lack of communication' is the result...a camp, entertaining, befuddling shambles.



The(ir) Blurb...

When two beautiful mermaid sisters decide to swim to shore and experience life on land, they're swept up in the glitzy, candy-colored madness of a sleazy Warsaw nightclub, where they quickly become the main attraction. Golden (Michalina Olszanska) and Silver (Marta Mazurek) not only have hypnotizing voices, but are also able to transform into human form if they keep out of water long enough.

With just a splash, their glistening, strangely sexual fins are back on display, making their performance a total moneymaker. The sisters quickly realize the advantages and consequences of inhabiting an attractive female body in the modern world when Golden starts using her sexual prowess to feed on predatory men and Silver falls in love with the sandy-haired bassist of the club's family band (Jakub Gierszal), putting her at risk of a Little Mermaid-esque situation: losing her voice and tail forever. In The Lure, first-time director Agnieszka Smocynska delivers a stylish, '80s-tinged, hyper-violent film, featuring psychedelic musical numbers and touching on themes of sexual agency, female relationships, and the inevitable catastrophe of romantic love.

Cast & Characters

Marta Mazurek as Srebrna;
Michalina Olszanska as Zwota;
Kinga Preis as Wokalistka Krysia;
Andrzej Konopka as Perkusista;
Jakub Gierszal as Mietek;
Zygmunt Malanowicz as Kierownik sali;
Magdalena Cielecka as Boskie Futro;
Katarzyna Herman as Milicjantka;
Marcin Kowalczyk as Tryton / Dedal;
Joanna Niemirska as Nerka;
Katarzyna Sawczuk as Nancy;
Roma Gasiorowska as Rakieta;
Grzegorz Stelmaszewski as Bramkarz;
Janina Wronska as Barmanka Janka;
Krzysztof Chmielewski as Aparat

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