The Lure, which doesn’t have a US release date yet, was screened at the AFI Film Festival.
We tend to think of mermaids as being good creatures – they swim around the ocean; sing wonderful songs; and occasionally fall in love with a prince, one for whom they’re willing to trade their voice. Director Agnieszka Smoczyńska’s The Lure postulates an entirely different sort of mermaid. They can still sing and they can still swim, but they also have a craving for human flesh.
Arriving on these shores from Poland, The Lure stars Marta Mazurek as Silver and Michalina Olszańska as Golden, two mermaids who find themselves working as singers in a nightclub in 1980s Warsaw. Their voices, along with their magical ability to go from legs to fin, turn them into a sensation in the club and Silver quickly falls in love with one of the musicians in the band, Mietek (Jakub Gierszał). Golden is more happy to continue in her natural, human-eating ways and conflict erupts between the sisters.