Mulholland Dr. (2001)

Mulholland Dr. (2001, USA/FRA) C-147m. *** D: David Lynch. Starring Justin Theroux, Jeanne Bates, Naomi Watts, Dan Birnbaum, Laura Elena Harring, Sean Everett, Scott Wulff, Robert Forster, Brent Briscoe, Lee Grant, Billy Ray Cyrus, Michael J. Anderson, Chad Everett, Rita Taggart, Angelo Badalamenti, Dan Hedaya, Mark Pellegrino. Mystery drama about an amnesiac woman (Harring), who finds refuge at the apartment of an aspiring actress (Watts), who has just come to Los Angeles, hoping to make it to stardom. The two women investigate and a pool of other, mysterious characters soon complicate the plot. Multi-layered, multi-dimensional Lynchian concoction is fascinating to some degree, though there is probably no rational explanation for the last thirty minutes of the movie. Surreal, consistently interesting, a must for followers of the director and cineastes in general. Reminiscent of Lynch's TV series 'Twin Peaks', this was originally conceived as a pilot but was rejected by producers! Garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Direction and won that prize at the Cannes Festival. Also known as MULHOLLAND DRIVE.


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