Inland Empire

Inland Empire

David Lynch (2006)

172min
15 Certificate
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Our Score
Five years after Mulholland Drive, indie icon David Lynch returns to the big screen with his most purposely inscrutable project yet. A surreal, three-hour drama shot on digital video, it's an atmospheric enigma that's more art than entertainment. Laura Dern is astonishing as Hollywood actress Nikki Grace, who faces an escalating nightmare after winning a coveted role in a cursed studio production. Becoming increasingly consumed by her character, Susan, she finds screen life and real life merging, until neither she - nor we - are certain who she really is, or whether the disturbing events that unfold are depicting Nikki or Susan's experiences. Fans of the writer/director's early work, such as Eraserhead, will be delighted to see him revisit his experimental roots, delivering a free-flowing tale that is visually bewitching, darkly comic and frequently terrifying. Anybody else is likely to be bored and baffled, lost like Nikki herself among the melding realities, talking rabbits and other dreamlike quirks.

Summary

A Hollywood actress is given a coveted role in a movie based on a Polish folk tale. However, not only does she discover a previous attempt to film this story had ended in two murders, but also finds her grip on reality starting to slip as the line between fact and fiction begins to blur. David Lynch's mystery drama, starring Laura Dern, Jeremy Irons, Justin Theroux and Harry Dean Stanton.

Cast & Crew

Nikki Grace / Susan Blue Laura Dern
Kingsley Stewart Jeremy Irons
Devon Berk / Billy Side Justin Theroux
Freddie Howard Harry Dean Stanton
Chelsi Terryn Westbrook
Doris Side Julia Ormond
Piotrek Krol Peter Jozef Lucas
Visitor Grace Zabriskie
Marilyn Levens Diane Ladd
Announcer William H Macy
Visitor no 2 Mary Steenburgen
The Lady Nastassja Kinski
Jane Laura Harring
Suzie Rabbit Naomi Watts
Jack Rabbit Scott Coffey
Director David Lynch
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Other Information

Language: English, Polish +subtitles Colour Theatrical distributor: Optimum Releasing Guidance: Violence, swearing and sex scenes. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 9 Mar 2007

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