BAMPFA Student Committee Pick
Naomi Watts, Laura Elena Harring, Justin Theroux, Ann Miller,
The perfect postmodern LA story, Lynch’s poison-pen love letter to Hollywood might, or might not, involve an ingenue recently arrived in the City of Angels (Naomi Watts), an amnesiac brunette with a questionable past (Laura Harring), and a filmmaker (Justin Theroux). Befitting its dream-factory setting, though, this Chandler-by-way-of-Borges noir changes its story seemingly with every reel change—longing and paranoia are the only constants. “Much more than an enigma to be cracked, Mulholland Drive takes as its subject the very act of solving; the pleasurable and perilous, essential and absurd process of making narrative sense, of needing and creating meaning” (Dennis Lim).