Fashioned from the ruins of a two-hour TV pilot rejected by ABC in 1999, David Lynch’s erotic thriller careens from one violent non sequitur to another. The movie boldly teeters on the brink of self-parody, reveling in its own excess and resisting narrative logic. This voluptuous phantasmagoria is certainly Lynch’s strongest movie since “Blue Velvet” and maybe “Eraserhead.”
“Mulholland Drive” follows a woman (Laura Elena Harring) who’s left amnesiac after a car crash. She wanders the streets of Los Angeles in a daze before taking refuge in an apartment. There she is discovered by Betty (Naomi Watts), a wholesome Midwestern blonde who has come to the City of Angels seeking fame as an actress. Together, the two attempt to solve the mystery of Rita’s true identity. The story is set in a dream-like Los Angeles, spoiled neither by traffic jams nor smog.
147 min | R | Mystery, Thriller
Directed by: David Lynch
Starring: Laura Elena Harring, Naomi Watts
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