Review by Eric Sever
Take some of the darker elements of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" and set the story in a smoky, Soviet era discotheque, and you might get some idea of what you can expect in the THE LURE.
As a Polish horror-comedy-romance-musical with plenty of gore and nudity, director Agnieszka Smoczyńska's film is one slippery fish. (Yeah, I said it.) Defying traditional classification, the story of two human-eating mermaids being taken in by a family of strip club performers is told with a suprising amount of sentiment and character development.
Kinga Preis gives a particularly compelling performance as the beautiful, but hard-living mother figure to the band of mucisians who take two mermaids, Silver and Golden (Marta Mazurek and Michalina Olszanska), under their wings to feature them in their bawdy musical acts. Preis is equally watchable whether she's performing on stage or in the danker moments of her character's everyday life.