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Inland Empire

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France, Poland, USA

2006

Rated R • 3h 0m

Director David Lynch

Starring Laura Dern, Jeremy Irons, Justin Theroux, Karolina Gruszka

Genre Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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When actress Nikki finds herself falling in love with her costar, she realizes her life is beginning to mimic the film that they're shooting, a remake of a doomed Polish production that was never finished due to an unspeakable tragedy. Soon, her perception of reality becomes increasingly distorted, leaving her world nightmarish and surreal.

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Variety by

Inland Empire may mesmerize those for whom the helmer can do no wrong, but the unconvinced and the occasional admirer will find it dull as dishwater and equally murky.
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Premiere by Aaron Hillis

Inland Empire is interchangably terrifying, maddening, shockingly hilarious and perversely exciting, and that's just to those who end up disliking it.
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Village Voice by J. Hoberman

Inland Empire is Lynch's most experimental film since "Eraserhead." But unlike that brilliant debut (or its two masterful successors, "Blue Velvet" and "Mulholland Dr."), it lacks concentration. It's a miasma. Cheap DV technology has opened Lynch's mental floodgates.
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TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

In the end, it's best to make peace with the film's essential and deliberate inscrutability -- something Lynch fans have learned to do since Twin Peaks -- and to simply marvel at Dern's astonishing performance, which few actresses are likely to top anytime soon.
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New York Post by Lou Lumenick

What is Inland Empire - which Lynch is understandably distributing himself - about? What is it trying to say? If you figure that out, let me know.
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The New York Times by Manohla Dargis

One of the few films I've seen this year that deserves to be called art. Dark as pitch, as noir, as hate, by turns beautiful and ugly, funny and horrifying, the film is also as cracked as Mad magazine, though generally more difficult to parse.
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Christian Science Monitor by Peter Rainer

Over time, though, with films such as "Lost Highway" and, to a lesser extent, "Mulholland Drive," Lynch's movies became less personal and more private. Whatever he is working out in his new film, Inland Empire, it's beyond the reach of all but his idolators.

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