Corki Dancingu (2015, The Lure)

UK Criterion Collection 2017 Blu-ray edition

Text below written 2018-03-09


This was a delightfully unusual film and i like that. Very good, maybe not but entertaining and very strange.
An indie artmovie, horror and a musical, that's an interesting combination even if it's hard for Polish female
director Agnieszka Smocynska to make it work as a whole. But it was interesting for sure.

Some people from a nightclub is frolicking around at the beach of the river Wisla and 2 girls are watching them
from the water. They are Silver (Marta Mazurek) and Golden (Michalina Olszanska) and they're 2 people-eating
mermaids. They're also beautiful and for some unknown reason let them be dragged ashore to start performing
at a nightclub, stripping and singing.

When dry they look human besides missing any genitalia, they don't have any vaginas. When wet they have
big powerful fish tails and with fish genitalia openings. OK, this isn't a Walt Disney film and probably the first
mermaid movie dealing with fish genitalia. So, now we know, yes, a man could make slippery love to a mermaid.

The film has some song and dance numbers (sang in polish) and the mermaid duo makes a sensation with their
act going from human form to fish-tailed shape lying in bowls of water. But, there's always a but, Silver falls in
love with the guitarist and wants to loose her tail to become human, and Golden feels a craving for human meat.

Not as good a film maybe as it could've been, but still, pretty unique and delightfully bizarre, and the mermaid
girls were lovely, very beautiful. An inspired weird take on the H. C. Anderson fairy tale.

Presented in 2.39:1 widescreen ratio and with 5.1 polish audio with english subtitles
Extras:

Off the Hook: Making of The Lure with interviews cast & crew (41 minutes), Deleted scenes incl. alternative
opening and ending, 2007 short film Aria Diva (31 minutes), Viva Maria documentary (17 minutes) trailer, sheet

 

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