TOP 15 MOVIES OF THE YEAR…#10 WILL SHOCK YOU

12. The Lure

La La Land’s award-season triumphs may have heralded the return of the Hollywood musical, but in terms of ingenuity, flair and sheer eye-popping weirdness, it can’t hold a candle to The Lure. Polish director Agnieszka Smoczynska’s wackadoo import is a familiar tale of a young couple torn between individual dreams and professional desires, the twist being that these protagonists (Marta Mazurek and Michalina Olszanska) are mermaid cannibals sashaying through the seedy cabaret underbelly of 1980s Warsaw. Like the dreamy love child of Amèlie’s Jean-Pierre Jeunet and The Fly’s David Cronenberg—except with quite a bit more singing and dancing from its fantastical femme fatales—Smoczynska’s knockout debut charts its aquatic fairy tale creatures as they make a name for themselves as a pop duo known as “The Lure,” along the way falling in love and chomping on unsuspecting (male and female) victims. A bisexual Little Mermaid-by-way-of-vampire horrorshow scored to original New Wave-y tunes, it really is like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

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