What a great course of unexpected. This movie will raise your anticipation, yet you still can’t know what will happen next. Wonderful depiction of three separate worlds/dimensions. Dream vs Fantasy vs Reality, with a blurred line between, makes you easily get lost and confused.
A post-modern noir akin to something like Beckett's Molloy, taking a genre concerned with mystery to delve into the subconscious. Early on in the film a character goes from describing a nightmare to living it, obscuring what is real. Actors switch characters, and play actors trying out different roles. There is a sense that everyone is expendable, and at the mercy of an unknowable authority. Chilling. Worth the hype.
A LOVE STORY IN THE CITY OF DREAMS. LYNCH & BADALMENTI play with our nerves. A blonde Hitchcock heroine/Little Red Riding Hood falls for the luscious dark she-wolf. With Twin Peaks, LYNCH's summit === LYNCH & BADALMENTI jouent avec nos nerfs. L'héroine Hitchcockienne blonde/Petit Chaperon Rouge tombe amoureuse de la pulpeuse Louve latine. Avec Twin Peaks, le sommet de LYNCH == https://mubi.com/lists/_zyx-l-like-elles
I haven’t seen all of Lynch’s work(Lost Highway and Inland Empire are missing) but he’s done in this film what he often threatened to do in others: give up on the story halfway through so he can assail us with terrors. At the point that we move from mystery to lesbian jealousy pic, I stopped caring. Naomi Watts deservedly became a star off the back of the film, at least.
★★★★ An interesting and bizarre look into how David Lynch sees Hollywood (or something like that), not all of it makes sense, and there are things I have theories about the films that I will never get answers to, but isn't that the entire point of a Lynch film, everyone just thinks up their own stories for what happens?
Almost 24 hours after I watched this and I still can’t stop thinking about it. Nothing makes sense but somehow everything makes sense. Never been so tense all the way through a film that isn’t an outright thriller or horror (though I suppose it is a thriller of sorts). Incredible.
A wonderful, unnerving, shambolic mess of a film. Weird for weird's sake, but it works. Two men discuss a terrifying dream. An old couple grin inanely in the back of a limousine. A haunting rendition of Roy Orbison. And a man shoots a vacuum cleaner. Thank goodness for David Lynch, who deserves his place in the pantheon of great directors. Just resist the desire to explain.
I almost feel there's no point in rating this - it's too weird, too creepy, gothic, expansive, surreal, to fit neatly into a five-star system. Watching it unfold, you get sucked in; I wasn't sure about the first half hour, but after that, couldn't tear myself away. A bizarre Mobius strip, where characters and objects change places with unpredictable illogic. And Naomi Watts's "audition scene" is brilliant.
Peak Lynch, with some of the best examples of what makes his work so great: mystery, beauty, humour and fear. It's perfectly paced and rich with atmosphere, while the acting, score and sound design are terrific as always. It would have been an amazing series, but it's a treasure of a film.