Sunday, 4 December 2016

Lost Highway (1997)

After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life.

A wonderful Noir dream adding more facets to the Lynch universe and leaving the audience even more puzzled than ever before.

On renewed viewing: It's fascinating to see that Lynch has every aspect of this tale (images, sound, characters) tightly knit into his vision, which sets reality and phantasm into a dreamlike loop.

Halliwell*: "An exploration of four characters in search of each other that leaves them, and the audience, too often stranded in limbo."

Maltin**1/2: "Bizarre Lynchian story that makes Twin Peaks seem as easy to follow as a Sesame Street episode...Lynch fans will have fun trying to figure it out; others will find it incomprehensible. Blake is particularly enigmatic ..."

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