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Directed by David Lynch

United States 2006 180 mins. In English

“A woman in trouble,” says Inland Empire’s poster tagline. Lynch took several years, following the success of Mulholland Drive, to make his 10th feature. He eschewed his beloved celluloid for consumer-grade digital cameras, which created a new Lynchian aesthetic and allowed him to do things he hadn’t previously done.  Laura Dern stars as Nikki Grace, a down-and-out actress looking for a comeback. She is cast in a film remake that is rumored to be cursed after its two stars died suddenly. Her relationship with her co-star Devin Berk (Justin Theroux) deepens, while her personal and professional lives—and the fragile psychology underlying both—weave dangerously together. “David Lynch’s first digital video, almost three hours long, resists synopsizing more than anything else he’s done. Some viewers have complained, understandably, that it’s incomprehensible, but it’s never boring, and the emotions Lynch is expressing are never in doubt.”—Jonathan Rosenbaum, The Chicago Reader. “The cut to next can be so surprising and that’s just the miracle of cinema—how we go from one place to another and the possibilities of those places to go to are kinda infinite. How we can see ourselves and find ourselves in there is kinda what gets me going. As soon as you put things in words, no one ever sees the film the same way. And that’s what I hate, you know. Talking—it’s real dangerous.”—David Lynch.

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