Muholland Drive (2001)


“After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.”
I am the first to admit that I am biased here – I adore David Lynch, he is one of my favorite directors, and Mulholland Drive is my favorite film of his, so this review is going to be very positive (is there a bad David Lynch film? No.)

The film opens with a strange blue backdrop , which people are dancing around on, and slowly fades into the first scene where a woman is in the back of a limousine, driving very fast down a highway (hints to Lost Highway here!).

Long story short, an accident occurs, and the woman finds herself stumbling around an area which looks very similar to Hollywood, CA.
She eventually ends up stumbling into a house, which is being house-sat by Betty (played superbly by Naomi Watts in her best role ever).
The two seem to have some kind of connection, and Betty is an aspiring actress, currently trying to get a part in a new film.
The Woman (who ends up naming herself Rita, as she is plagued by amnesia and cannot remember her actual name), is struggling to try and remember details from her previous life, but with the help of Betty, they agree to help each other.
I will not give anymore of the plot away for this film, it is best to know nothing about this film before going into it, and it will (trust me) fuck with your mind in ways which you did not imagine a film ever could. This is a good thing, though.
Mulholland Drive (along with a lot of Lynch’s films) has a lot to do with dreams, memory, subconscious and fear. David Lynch pulls out all the stops for this one, managing to get perfect performances from all the cast (even small characters who are only seen once are memorable!). How David does this is pure and simple – he is a perfectionist, and he believes in connecting on an emotional and spiritual level with his talent in order to get the best from them. His actors/actresses are often challenged to go to places in their performance that they never would normally do (such as the very erotic lesbian scene in this between Namoi Watts and Laura Harring).
It is important to pay attention to everything in this film, including colors, backgrounds, sequences of numbers and quotes which appear (and sometimes don’t).
To understand Lynch is hard, but that is half the fun in his movies, everyone who watches one has their very own interpretation of what it means (to them).
When asked to explain Mulholland Drive during the extras of the Bluray, David Lynch cannot do so, he is unable to put into words the meaning behind this opus film, yet challenges viewers to find their own meaning and interpretation.
David’s followup film to Mulholland Drive (and in some ways a kind of sequel), Inland Empire is even more confusing (perhaps his most surreal and minimalist to date), yet (like this) it is essential viewing for open minded individuals.
10 out of 10 – PERFECT, if you pay attention.

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