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Mulholland Drive (MA15+)

‘This is the girl.’

David’s Lynch’s moody, dreamlike, surrealist neo-noir set in the murky world of Hollywood is still a brilliant head-scratcher twelve years on. Naomi Watts stars as Betty, a wide-eyed ingenue who’s just arrived in LA with big dreams of becoming a star. When she moves into her aunt’s apartment, she’s startled by a mysterious dark-haired woman who assumes the name Rita (Laura Harring) and appears to be suffering from amnesia following a fateful car accident on Mulholland Drive. From there, what happens is really anyone’s guess, because Lynch sure as hell isn’t telling. There’s a director (Justin Theroux), a cowboy, a dumpster creature, a gangster, a key and an eerie cabaret theatre called Club Silencio. And it’s all so beautiful, particularly with a soundtrack of 60’s lovelorn pop mixed in with Angelo Badalamenti’s ominous score.

Why should you see this film?

There are so many wild interpretations of the seeming non-linear narrative of this film and with Lynch refusing to talk about it’s symbolism, it’s destined to become one of the most analysed of his films. Is it a dream? An ode to the bi-polarity of Hollywood? Is it Betty’s subconscious? Is Betty the creature behind the dumpster? Some have even said the entire film is fuelled by her alleged orgasm. Who knows? But it’s so much fun to figure out.

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