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Inland Empire

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Inland Empire

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
179 minutes
Limited Release Date:
12/01/06
performer:
Laura Dern, Justin Theroux, Harry Dean Stanton
director:
David Lynch
distributor:
Absurda
author:
3818
genre:
Drama

We gave it an A-

I’m afraid if I say Laura Dern plays an actress who lands a dream job that turns into a cursed production — or is it a painful, all-too-vivid hallucination? — you won’t sit through this lengthy, David Lynch-directed mind-bender (shot on digital video, no less). But occasional tedium and non sequiturs (including chatty, bunny-costumed people) don’t mar Dern’s gorgeous agony or Lynch’s spectacular, low-key surrealism in Inland Empire. EXTRAS Copious, including deleted scenes and ego-free footage of Lynch throwing small fits, directing actors, and drilling walls.

Our Favorite Extra
In the 20-minute ”Quinoa,” Lynch gives us a real-time cooking lesson: how to prepare a healthy, tasty dish of quinoa grain and broccoli. While waiting for the quinoa to cook (the lid on the pot gets ”mighty hot”), he smokes, drinks wine, and tells a hypnotic story about traveling from Greece to Yugoslavia in the 1960s. I made the recipe — it’s delicious. Don’t forget to add olive oil and Bragg Liquid Aminos, a healthy soy-sauce substitute.

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