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Inland Empire

An actress takes on a cursed film role and loses touch with reality.


Why watch this film?

With totally and absolutely surreal aspirations that discard all traditional narrative logic, 'El imperio' ('Inland Empire') is, so far, the last feature-length film by David Lynch ('Eraserhead'). It is also David Lynch in his most "lynchian" mode, offering here what appears to be a story of an actress (Laura Dern) who, when submitting to filming the remake of an unfinished and supposedly cursed movie, gradually loses her contact with reality. The result is a challenging three-hour footage that follows a similar line to 'Por el lado oscuro del camino' ('Lost Highway') and 'Sueños, misterios y secretos' ('Mulholland Drive') -unofficially forming the 'Trilogía de Los Ángeles'-, interweaving various nightmarish stories whose relationships between them are abstract at best, filmed in digital video format that exalts its delirious aesthetics. Definitely it would be the worst movie for those interested in entering Lynch's filmography, although fans of the director will not only know what to expect from this feature-length film, but will also see his most ambitious, grotesque, sublime, and deliciously confusing and impenetrable work.



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Plot summary

Actress Nikki takes on a role in a new film, and because her husband is very jealous, her co-star Devon is warned not to make any romantic overtures -- especially since the characters they play are having an affair. Both actors learn that the project is a remake of an unfinished film in which the stars were murdered.

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Available at home