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 Post subject: 896 The Lure
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 4:43 pm 
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The Lure

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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.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

• High-definition digital master, supervised by director of photography Kuba Kijowski, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• New program about the making of the film, featuring interviews with director Agnieszka Smoczyńska, actors Marta Mazurek and Michalina Olszańska, screenwriter Robert Bolesto, Kijowski, composers Barbara and Zuzanna Wroński, sound designer Marcin Lenarczyk, and choreographer Kaya Kołodziejczyk
• Deleted scenes
Aria Diva (2007) and Viva Maria! (2010), two short films directed by Smoczyńska
• New English subtitle translation
• PLUS: An essay by writer Angela Lovell


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 Post subject: Forthcoming: The Lure
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 6:32 pm 
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dwk wrote:
Since Agnieszka Smoczynska has a phantom page and The Lure is the only feature she's directed, we all figured that Janus/Criterion had it, but here is confirmation via Janus' poster for the the film:
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Well, with the Janus poster revealed (and phantom page), here is a clip of the Director, Agnieszka Smoczynska, introducing The Lure....
Batton down the hatches with this one. :)


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 6:46 pm 
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NSFW video linked above FYI


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 8:18 pm 
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This was actually a much better film than I expected, and as musicals go it's refreshingly full-blooded: characters really do just break into song to express what's happening in the plot. The music itself isn't too bad, if you like 80s pop.


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 Post subject: Forthcoming: The Lure
PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 4:34 am 
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I need to see this again: I was far from wowed when I saw it way back in September 2015, which is odd as you'd have thought that a Polish musical about killer mermaids would be right up my street.

But a great many people whose opinion I respect have praised it to the skies since then, so it may have been down to festival ennui.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 9:39 am 
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Sounds an intriguing premise at least! Though just the 'mermaid horror' idea made me remember that Japanese entry into the Guinea Pig series (the best 'narrative' entry of that notorious series but still as gag-inducingly gory), Mermaid In A Manhole (very NSFW)! For a film all about gore, that little story about a frustrated artist finding a mermaid on one of his regular trips into the local sewers(!) and falling in love with her as his muse figure, only to watch her slowly die from a pustulating disease, is surprisingly touching! It gets into ideas of slowly watching a loved one die, very slight environmental and exploitation ideas, capturing someone's likeness through art as they slip away, and the difficult relationships between artists and their muses.

Although you have to be OK with a bulk of the film being about cutting open the various pus-filled blisters on the mermaid (with her consent) and draining the different coloured fluids from them to use in the painting! That, and the standard for a Guinea Pig film dismemberment climax, sort of assured its 'underground' status!


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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 6:06 pm 
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The poster is now available at the Criterion Website and the HD version of the film is available for rent at Amazon. Great audio and visuals! Very nice debut by Agnieszka Smoczynska! Looking forward to owning this one day. Maybe will be announced 5/15/17.


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 Post subject: Re: 896 The Lure
PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:33 pm 
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Announced (Link NSFW)


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 Post subject: Re: 896 The Lure
PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:44 pm 
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Absolutely wonderful. This film was THE discovery for me among new films of the last few years. I absolutely love its daring, ultra-stylish/stylized but at the same time very accessible mix of horror and arthouse elements (which has some Jarman or Ottinger moments for sure!), and simply the whole "80s" look of it, which however never feels retro-ish or imitative in any way. And the same goes for the soundtrack, which makes reference to Italo disco/ new wave of the 80s but still sounds amazingly fresh and innovative. And that goes for all of the film itself, I'd say. A truly great choice for the Collection, if you ask me.


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 Post subject: Re: 896 The Lure
PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:47 pm 
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swo17 wrote:

NSFW BTW


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 Post subject: Re: 896 The Lure
PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:49 pm 
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Yes, please send me your credit card info before following that link.


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 Post subject: Re: 896 The Lure
PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:21 pm 
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Beating Tooze to the punch


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 Post subject: Re: 896 The Lure
PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:15 am 
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I'll be interested to see what others think of this (as it seems like many contributors here haven't seen it, or haven't found much to say about it). It's one of those movies where I liked the idea of it more than the execution of it; it has sublime moments, to be sure, but for me dragged and struggled to juggle it's tonal shifts. There is certainly talent here, and creativity, and ambition, so I don't regret having seen it, but I didn't find it all that satisfying on its own terms.


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 Post subject: Re: 896 The Lure
PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:27 pm 

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I prefer "Gold" (aka the brunette) who looks like Mia Kirshner in Exotica rather than "Silver"


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