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Title The Lure
Published Janus Films (The Criterion Collection), 2015
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (92 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
Summary This genre-defying horror-musical mash-up—the bold debut of Polish director Agnieszka Smoczyńska—follows a pair of carnivorous mermaid sisters drawn ashore to explore life on land in an alternate 1980s Poland. Their tantalizing siren songs and otherworldly auras make them overnight sensations as nightclub singers in the half-glam, half-decrepit world of Smoczyńska’s imagining. The director gives fierce teeth to her viscerally sensual, darkly feminist twist on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” in which the girls’ bond is tested and their survival threatened after one sister falls for a human. A coming-of-age fairy tale with a catchy synth-fueled soundtrack, outrageous song-and-dance numbers, and lavishly grimy sets, THE LURE explores its themes of emerging female sexuality, exploitation, and the compromises of adulthood with savage energy and originality. Nominated for the World Cinema - Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at the **Sundance Film Festival**
Notes Title from title frames
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Performer Kinga Preis, Marta Mazurek, Michalina Olszańska
Event Originally produced by Janus Films (The Criterion Collection) in 2015
Notes Mode of access: World Wide Web
In English
Subject Mermaids -- Drama
Sisters -- Drama
Singers -- Drama
Poland -- Drama
Genre/Form Feature films.
Form Streaming video
Author Smoczyńska, Agnieszka, film director
Preis, Kinga, actor
Mazurek, Marta, actor
Olszańska, Michalina, actor
Janus Films (The Criterion Collection) (Firm), Distributor.
Kanopy (Firm), Distributor.