An actress’s imagination begins to run amok within her reality when she begins to adopt the persona of a character she is playing. Things become nightmarish when she realises the original film production was abandoned after the two leads were murdered.
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"I'll show you light now. It burns bright forever. No more blue tomorrows. You on high now, love." Lynch does Lynch. A decade later, "Inland Empire" remains the filmmaker's most impenetrable work in a career that hasn't exactly courted the mainstream - an ugly (both visually and tonally) journey down the rabbit hole of identity and fame, as a creeping Old World evil infects the streets of Hollywood Boulevard.
Incredibly self-indulgent, at times impenetrable, perverse, grotesque, strange, opaque... But a stunning masterpiece, in part, because of the above. Lynch delves so insightfully, and so well, into the horrific underbelly of the imagination. One of the most terrifying films ever made. And another on my list I watch each Halloween.
DV looks like neither film nor life, yet reminiscent of both, so it's perfect for Lynch's uncanny ode to cinema. Despite being totally fucking terrifying, this may be his most optimistic film, telling (by my count) dual stories about an actress who faces her demons by playing a role, and a viewer who faces her own by watching it. Both break through. Another viewing would make it clearer, but I don't have the nerves.
Great (and long) journey through the Lynchian universe, full of crossed references to previous works, inlcuding his early experimental animation films, Lynch's own musical career and - last but not least - his published and well-known writings on creative processses.