Wild at Heart
Barry Gifford is the author of Wild at Heart and The Up-Down, among other books, and the co-screenwriter of the films Lost Highway, City of Ghosts, and Perdita Durango.
Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, Diane Ladd,
Just out of prison for manslaughter, Sailor (Nicolas Cage) breaks parole to take Lula (Laura Dern), his inseparable lover, to California. Lula’s mother, Marietta (Diane Ladd), accompanied by a private eye (Harry Dean Stanton), pursues the de facto fugitives to rescue her daring daughter from herself. In Big Tuna, Texas, a scruffy town inhabited by lowlifes, they encounter the thoroughly demented Bobby Peru (Willem Dafoe), who confirms Lula’s observation that “this whole world’s wild at heart and weird on top.” Lynch’s fantastical free-for-all helped put Sailor and Lula on the American misfit map when it won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.