David Lynch's Inland Empire

David Lynch's Inland Empire

DVD - 2007 | 2-disk special ed
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When an actress falls in love with her co-star, she finds her life is becoming much like the film she is starring in, which is based on a Polish film that was never finished due to horrible tragedies.
Publisher: [Burbank, CA] : Rhino Entertainment [distributor], c2007
Edition: 2-disk special ed
Branch Call Number: DVD ADULT
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (172 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Inland Empire

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LPL_CamB Jul 22, 2017

While the synopsis is technically accurate, and I'm not sure I could do any better with it, it couldn't be further from conveying what this movie is and what occurs within its 3 hour run time. With the surrealist horror, intuitive dream logic, and the subtitle that could be applied to the majority of his work (A Woman in Trouble) Inland Empire is David Lynch in his purest most unrestrained form.

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TheSandoz
Jul 08, 2017

One of my favorite movies of all time now! Excellent! If you like a more traditional film in which you are given a beginning, a middle, and an ending, or where you aren't required to do much thinking or perhaps you like a movie that is a standard hour and a half, this movie might not be for you. If you are okay with committing to a three hour movie (plus over an hour more in the special features) and knowing ahead that you may not understand the story or have a sense that everything is folded up neatly and all the answers are given, and you enjoy looking at a beautiful piece of film purely for the aesthetics, then you will adore this flick. I get something new from it on each viewing.

Marinetti Feb 09, 2017

Though Inland Empire's three hours of befuddling abstraction could try the patience of the most devoted David Lynch fan, its aim to reinvigorate the Lynch-ian symbolic order is ambitious, not to mention visually arresting. The director's archetypes recognizable from previous movies once again construct the film's inherent logic, but with a new twist. Sets vibrate between the contemporary and a 1950s alternate universe crammed with dim lamps, long hallways, mysterious doors, sparsely furnished rooms and, this time, a vortex/apartment/sitcom set where rabbit-masked humans dwell, and a Polish town where women are abused and killed. Instead of speaking backwards, mystic soothsayers and criminals speak Polish. Filmed on video, the film's look has the sinister, frightening feel of a Mark Savage film or a bootlegged snuff movie. Constant close-ups, both in and out of focus, make Inland Empire feel as if a stalker covertly filmed it. This is a difficult film- even for fans of David Lynch- it is worth watching and puzzling over.

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Earlgrey454
Jul 29, 2016

Interesting for awhile, but not nearly enough to make one want to watch the entire film. Lynch is a great director, but this is not one of his classics.

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eusebius
Dec 26, 2015

Lynch fumbles through this one; he's lost the touch he had for Mulholland Drive. Plodding and dull.

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Isley
Jul 08, 2014

A three hour nightmare, Lynch’s dream logic has never been more clear while his narrative has never been more incomprehensible. Trying to figure out the plot isn’t the point though, and the fact that the film has stayed with me so strongly since watching it has led me to suspect that there actually is something to it after all.

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DiamondFingers
Jul 17, 2013

It's a dream within a dream, like multiple universes. David Lynch at his best !

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akirakato
Nov 19, 2012

The film opens to the sound of a gramophone playing Axxon N, “the longest-running radio play in history”.
Meanwhile, a young prostitute, identified in the credits as the "Lost Girl", cries while watching television in a hotel room, following an unpleasant encounter with her client.
Apparently, the whore and her customer speak Polish.
You'll know that they are in Poland.
The Lost Girl’s television displays a family of surreal anthropomorphic rabbits who speak in cryptic statements and questions.
I hate the canned laughter from the TV.

A local actress named Nikki Grace (Laura Dern) has applied for a comeback role in a film entitled On High in Blue Tomorrows.
The day before the audition, Nikki is visited by an enigmatic old woman from Poland (Grace Zabriskie) who claims to be her neighbour.
The old woman insists that Nikki has won the role, and recounts two Polish folk tales.
One tells of a boy who, sparking a reflection after passing through a doorway, “caused evil to be born”.
The other tells of a girl who, wandering through an alleyway behind a marketplace, “discovers a palace”.
The old woman presses Nikki for details on her new film, asking whether the story is about marriage and involves murder.
Nikki denies both, but her neighbour stridently disagrees.
Disregarding Nikki’s troubled response, the old woman comments on the confusion of time, claiming that were this tomorrow, Nikki would be sitting on a couch adjacent to them.
The film then pans to where the neighbour is pointing, and you see Nikki and two girlfriends sitting on the couch.
Her butler walks into the living room – where the old woman no longer reclines – with a phone call from her agent, announcing that she has won the role.
Ecstatic, Nikki and her friends celebrate while her husband Piotrek (Peter J. Lucas) ominously surveys them from atop a nearby stairwell.
At this point, I don't want to see any more because I find the storyline somewhat ridiculous and too unrealistic.
In other words, the film hasn't interested me at all.
This is the second worst film I've seen this year---after Muri shinjū Nihon no natsu (無理心中日本の夏).
You can judge for yourself.

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bstudent
Apr 15, 2012

Drama - 3 hr. - unsure really as I don't think I got it...but seems to be the conectivity between inner ressessed thought/experiencs while going in/out of real life and career experiences with maybe a skoshish of mental trama and moving at a rate to personify confusion and delayed reaction...so not a fast mover (aka)?

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luketenhage
Mar 06, 2012

One of the most sublime experiences I have ever had in a film since El Topo. Real creativity. When I check out a movie, I want to experience something I never have before. And this film does that.

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phyllis49
Mar 18, 2012

When an actress falls in love with her co-star, she finds her life is becoming much like the film she is starring in, which is based on a Polish film that was never finished due to horrible tragedies.
Laura Dern, Jeremy Irons, Justin Theroux. .Suitability:
MPAA rating R for language, some violence, and sexualitynudity.
Studio Canal Production

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