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Lost Highway

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France, USA

1997

Rated R • 2h 14m

Director David Lynch

Starring Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Balthazar Getty, Robert Blake

Genre Drama, Thriller, Mystery

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A tormented jazz musician finds himself lost in an enigmatic story involving murder, surveillance, gangsters, doppelgangers, and an impossible transformation inside a prison cell.

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Stella Rumble Profile picture for Stella Rumble

An imaginative film that plays with the subconscious, dreams, the psyche, and hallucinations in a really interesting and thrilling way. The story meanders in directions you don't expect it to, truly diving into the feeling of dreams/nightmares.

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

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Newsweek by

In Lost Highway, reality has become a dream. But Lynch has forgotten how boring it is listening to someone else's dream.
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The New York Times by Elvis Mitchell

Lost Highway, an elaborate hallucination that could never be mistaken for the work of anyone else, finds Mr. Lynch echoing the perversity of "Blue Velvet," the earlier film of his that this most closely resembles.
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Austin Chronicle by Marc Savlov

Lynch, who penned the screenplay with novelist Barry Gifford (Wild at Heart), seems to be attempting to capture not just a sense of place and time (it never works -- Lost Highway is wholly, irrevocably, out of place and without any linear time or time line to speak of), but also a sense of madness.
60

Variety by Todd McCarthy

Although uneven and too deliberately obscure in meaning to be entirely satisfying, result remains sufficiently intriguing and startling to bring many of Lynch's old fans back on board for this careening ride.

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