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Mulholland Drive

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Laura Elena Harring, Mulholland Drive
Mulholland Drive: Melissa Moseley

Mulholland Drive

Current Status:
In Season
145 minutes
Limited Release Date:
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
David Lynch
Joyce Eliason
Universal Focus
David Lynch
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?”