Impressive debut film from Smoczynska, with this twisted, neon-driven interpretation of The Little Mermaid. The songs aren't always amazing but there's a massive charm in that movie that makes it worthwhile. Kinda like Roy Andersson meets Aki Kaurismaki meets Del Toro.
Stylish and sultry if not always captivating. A melange of musical, horror and fantasy that initially seems quite soulless but manages to drum up some genuine catharsis in its final act. Olszanska and Mazurek give commendable performances, and though not everything here works, it’s an easy film to love for its romantic heart and daring oddness.
It's no doubt unique! with such a collaged idea as if it was made using some film plot online generator. However, the second half of the film felt flat. Interesting on writing but too safe on execution for a film that have such a huge potential to be as imaginative as they could with the already ridiculous concept.
Twilight meets Little Mermaid meets LaLa Land: some ideas should definitely remain on paper. It's not the surrel and awkward plot, it's how little Smoczynska does with all the genres. Frankenstein cinema done poorly - but trying at the same time to be cool and innovating. I get why this fooled younger audiences: it's a visual trip for sure, but the trip takes us nowhere.
A visually sumptuous musical with lavish, if too many, song-and-dance numbers, making the traditional narrative thin, only containing depth in the songs' lyrics for characterization, dramatic layers, and a deeper meaning: the mermaids are lured by humankind's 'siren song', akin to the humans by theirs. This does make the actual drama feel like it's playing out under glass, but its aesthetic and oddity are enticing.