Directed by David Lynch
“A WOMAN IN TROUBLE”
Laura Dern stars as an actress that begins to adopt the persona of her character in a film; her world becomes nightmarish and surreal in typical Lynchian fashion.
Lynch shot Inland Empire on a handheld Sony digital camcorder, a high-end piece of equipment in the early 2000s but one far less powerful than most camera phones today. When the film was released in 2006, its grainy, standard-definition imagery looked unsettling on the big screen, like security footage captured from inside a nightmare. Lynch supervised the entire restoration process for the 2022 rerelease, which required using artificial-intelligence software and manual cleanup of the source images. The result is a film that’s as haunting and enigmatic as anything in his filmography.
Director: David Lynch
Studio: Janus Films
Running Time: 180 minutes
Release Year: 2006
“It’s worth watching as yet another example of Lynch’s extraordinary collaboration with Dern. It may be overstating things to call her performance heroic, but it’s nothing if not brave, as she dares to embody Lynch’s most brutal impressions of Hollywood.” – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post