Some seven years in the making, David Lynch's Inland Empire revives many of the dormant projects that thread through the director’s intricate career. In exploring a contaminated Hollywood, a physical Los Angeles and a metaphorical America, Lynch traverses the realm of the mind in a surreal work that is as beguiling as it is confounding.... More
Lynch regular Laura Dern plays Nikki, an actress who’s signed to star in a remake of a film. Soon they discover that the reason the original was never completed was because the actors were brutally murdered. Lynch quickly disturbs this dysfunctional thriller with erotic anarchy as he hurtles toward a shocking, confronting and utterly uncompromising conclusion.Hide
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If you don't know who David Lynch is, but are curious about this movie, here are two pieces of advice.
First: do go see INLAND EMPIRE in a cinema while you have the opportunity.
Second: when you go to see INLAND EMPIRE, don't make the following mistakes. Do not expect a traditional movie where the beginning, middle, and end are clearly defined and neatly mapped out for convenience. ... More Do not worry that there maybe some intellectual joke behind all this weirdness which only a pretentious film-school graduate is qualified to get, because there isn't; this is almost the opposite of intellectual film-making, it's Intuitive film-making where the imagination rules over reason. Do not try too hard to "make sense" out of what you are presented with as this will only end in frustration - the sounds and pictures (and the fragmented story that emerges from them) are themselves the film's attempt to make sense out of feelings we have but can't articulate. Just let the experience wash over you. You'll be baffled, most certainly. But if you let the movie do it's thing, if you let the dream be what it is, you'll be hypnotised in no time: you'll probably giggle nervously in places, perhaps get a little turned-on in others, maybe want to cry, and (at least once or twice) almost certainly be scared out of your skin. And at the end, you'll know you definitely just experienced SOMETHING, even if you can't explain it in words.
And then, if you're still curious, go rent any David Lynch movie you can find on DVD, 'cause that's what this guy does, and nobody does it better.Hide