Mulholland Drive: Melissa Moseley
Scott Brown
April 09, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Mulholland Drive

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
145 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/08/01
performer
Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, Naomi Watts, Michael J. Anderson, Angelo Badalamenti, Diane Baker, Brian Beacock, Brent Briscoe, Scott Coffey, Missy Crider, Robert Forster, Dan Hedaya, Lori Heuring, Ann Miller, Mark Pellegrino
director
David Lynch
Producer
Joyce Eliason
distributor
Universal Focus
author
David Lynch
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it an A-

You know the dream: Everything looks more or less the same — but more or less the same as what? The dialogue is stilted and poorly dubbed — no one’s voice sounds at home in their own mouth, least of all yours. And who are you, anyway? Are you even the star of your own movie? Or just a bit player on a bad TV show?

Don’t look for answers in David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive. A koan-like riddle with a capital Id, the film unspools like the offspring of a Möbius strip and a piece of bowtie pasta: Bright-eyed blondie Betty (Naomi Watts) bounces into a somnambulent L.A. to become an actress, only to see her quest complicated by a beautiful brunet amnesiac (Laura Elena Harring) who turns out to be…her ex-lover? Her estranged self? A narcissistic parallax of both? Lynch — who rightly apprehends alienation as mood, not concept — has the good sense not to supply an answer. And Watts, the cracked crystal at ”Drive”’s refracted heart, deconstructs her Hollywood ingenue with a jeweler’s precision. Together, they leave us half in, half out of the looking glass, mouthing Alice’s eternal question: ”Which dreamed it?”

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