Mulholland Drive

Mulholland Drive ★★★★★

With his own stylistic sophistication, Hollywood's master of the surreal also stages a dark nightmare from the depths of the human subconscious with his now "Mulholland Drive". In dark, lethargic images, with a calm camera, the image sequences of which are slow and elegant unleash more threatning action, and a wonderful soundtrack by his house and court composer Angelo Badalamenti, which meanders between subtly threatening suspense music and deeply melancholic sounds, gradually develops an atmosphere that becomes more intense with each minute of the film, captivating the viewer breathlessly as confusing as it is frightening let events happen.
As in Lynch's films "Blue Velvet" and "Lost Highway", the story develops here more according to the impulsive logic of a nightmare than according to our reality. Faces and characters merge, names and identities change, leaps in time or flashbacks are only indicated by small details. The dark, absolutely captivating story turns out to be demanding in the best sense. This creates a captivating puzzle game between nightmare, reality and madness, which offers the viewer a lot of space for their own associations.
This is borne by the two grand actresses: Naomi Watts and Laura Elena Harring develop an emotional intensity in their mutual play that is second to none and which does a lot to draw the viewer so hopelessly into this strange, threatening world. Between naivety, emotional brutalization and surprising and erotic love scenes, they unfold all their acting skills.
This overall package of strong actors, great staging including repetitive scenes with other characters, parallel montages that may not take place in parallel, and confusing image cuts, and slower but more conscious narrative style makes "Mulholland Drive" one of Lynch's great masterpieces .

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