We are always looking for musicals that don’t suck to add to our list, now we have our first Polish entry with The Lure! A fanciful horror-tinged New Wave rock opera transpires 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. InThe 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.
Born in 1978 in Poland, Agnieszka Smoczynska received the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Scholarship and won the My Talent for Poland program and Golden PEN award. The Lure is her first feature film.
The Lure film by Agnieszka Smoczynska with director in attendance
Fri May 27 | 9:30pm | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Sat May 28 | 4:00pm | SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Sun May 29 | 9:15pm | Shoreline Community College Theater