Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me ★★★★

Film #29 of Project 90

” There's no tomorrow... Know why, baby? 'Cause it'll never get here.”

It’s not easy to write about Fire Walk with Me. Like any other David Lynch film it is filled with strange characters and bizarre events and the atmosphere is crazy, grotesque and terrifying, none of his films are easy to fathom and this one is not an exception. In fact Fire Walk with Me is a prequel to another Lynch creation and that makes things even harder for people like me who hasn't seen the original work. Although the whole film is filled with a sense of vagueness – partly because the director is intentionally trying to not give us any information – but Lynch’s excellent ability of creating mystifying atmospheres and film’s impressive portrayal of a human being’s gradual mental and spiritual collapse are the things that make Fire Walk with Me an intense, painful, sad and unforgettable piece of cinema.

Fire Walk with Me is not a typical serial killer film, instead of focusing on the killer or the detective it chooses to direct its attention toward the victim. We see a young girl who, like any other teenager, is filled with a strong passion of life but soon a horrible awareness replaces this juvenile delight and ardor. And Lynch’s main success is that he is able to transfer this unpleasant and unnerving feeling to the screen, so for the whole run-time of the film we are seeing the futile attempts of a character who is furiously trying to stop the inevitable from happening, someone who is doing everything she can to escape her doom, watching her struggling with her fate and watching her collapsing under an immense amount of pressure is a painful experience and Sheryl Lee’s absolutely amazing performance is one of the reasons that Laura is such a sympathetic and believable character. One of the best female performances I've ever seen.

The dark and gloomy cinematography and Angelo Badalamenti’s outstanding score are two things that make the film more striking. Jazz pieces add a sense of mystery and melancholy to the film and the pictures with various contrasting colors are able to capture the whole sense of confusion of the story. Fire Walk with Me starts like a comedy, Lynch’s bizarre sense of humor rule in the opening segment but soon that Wild at Heart like fun give way to a strong sense of terror which becomes an important part of movie’s world. Fire Walk with Me may be a little bit hard to understand at first but Lynch’s superb direction and his commitment to the medium and the story he wants to tell along with Sheryl Lee’s magical performance make this strange little film an absolutely memorable experience.

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