This film is intended for mature audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.

In this bold horror-musical debut mashup, a pair of carnivorous mermaid sisters are drawn ashore in 1980s Poland to explore the wonders and temptations of life on land. Their tantalizing siren songs and otherworldly aura make them overnight sensations as nightclub singers in the half-glam, half-decrepit world of Agnieszka Smoczynska's imagining. In a visceral twist on Hans Christian Andersen's original Little Mermaid tale, the bonds of sisterhood are tested and the lines between love and survival are blurred. A savage coming-of-age fairytale with a catchy new-wave soundtrack, and outrageous musical numbers, The Lure explores its themes of sexuality, exploitation, and the compromises of adulthood with energy and ingenuity.

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Agnieszka Smoczyńska
Polish with English subtitles
Running Time
92 minutes
Digital, Color