Inland Empire (2006)

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Avg Rating: 3.8 / 5. Voted: 25

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Directed by: David Lynch
Starring: Laura Dern (Nikki/Sue), Justin Theroux (Devon/Billy), Jeremy Irons (Director), Grace Zabriskie (Old lady visitor), Karolina Gruszka (Prostitute)
Country: United States
Language: English, Polish (Eng Subs)
Runtime: 02:59:40
Genres: Surreal, Prostitution-themed, Infidelity

Plot – Spoilers:
An actress Nikki lands the role she’s been vying for. While on set, she has bizarre experiences including literally entering the world of her character. Then there’s a prostitute who’s watching a lot of all this unfold on the telly.

Laura Dern plays Nikki the actress and Sue the character while mostly wearing a bewildered expression. A nice mirror of the viewer.

A second watch might unravel aspects of revenge for infidelity, religious references to limbo and perhaps more. But for many, this would seem like little vignettes of mastery from Lynch, strung together by an invisible thread. This is also a movie where you’re really grateful for the subtitles, even for the English parts, as the audio is often garbled at best.

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Heidi Attwood
Heidi Attwood
July 18, 2020 8:16 am

Pretentious, IMHO.

Elliot Spencer
Elliot Spencer
Reply to  Heidi Attwood
July 22, 2020 2:35 am

Lol, if u didn’t know, David Lynch is perhaps one of the most pretentious directors around. U have pretentious directors who, for example: try to do high brow hoyte-toyte ‘im above the commoners’ style films; directors that try to send some hidden allegorical message nobody really cares about, thru shocking and exploitative scenes (see Lars von Trier); but the worst offenders would be the directors who make films completely for themselves and who don’t give a shit about what anyone else thinks, especially including the audience. Enter the world of David Lynch, lol. His swan song Eraserhead, which is excellent,… Read more »

Elliot Spencer
Elliot Spencer
Reply to  Heidi Attwood
July 28, 2020 4:14 pm

Sry to be a dumbass and chime in back to back, I completely forgot about one thing till I was grabbing something from my film collection now. If u think u don’t like David Lynch, then try to check out his film Blue Velvet. I wanted to say this bc blue velvet is prbly his most audience-accessable/ viewer friendly film(one could say that about wild at heart, but that film was extremely conventional for Lynch). Call it a neo-noir whodoneit. Easier to follow but still has his trademark Lynchian and metaphorical style. Then if u hate blue velvet, chances r… Read more »

Dan
Dan
Reply to  Heidi Attwood
September 5, 2020 9:44 am

Pretentious is a word only dumb people use.

Nims
Nims
Reply to  Dan
September 9, 2020 7:52 am

Go look up some Yoko Ono “art” and then let me know if you still think it’s a word only dumb people use.

Antinatalpist
Antinatalpist
September 8, 2020 1:08 am

The story is too simple.. there’s no mystery. Two vestigial thumbs down.

fred fat
fred fat
April 4, 2021 9:33 pm

somebody below doesnt understand the meaning of the expression swan song – this film is perhaps lynch’s swan song but certainly not eraserhead
and if u want a genuine fucked up film director there is no one better than lynch – having said all of that – inland empire is impenetrable

ALEKSI KILCHOV
ALEKSI KILCHOV
Reply to  fred fat
August 24, 2021 11:38 pm

I think there are some deep truths beneath the surface, for that reason I don’t think it’s all bullshit. I agree, this is one of his best works. Love how his head works, love the cinematic execution.

ALEKSI KILCHOV
ALEKSI KILCHOV
July 10, 2021 9:35 pm

favourite movie

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