105 Must See Films

105 Must See Films: Mulholland Drive (2001)


Starring: Naomi Watts, Laura Harring

Director: David Lynch

Following a car wreck, a woman wanders lost and amnesiac until she is taken in by a friendly, aspiring actress, and they try to piece together what happened.

At least, I think that’s what this film is about… It’s strange, dreamlike and surreal, and the ending has caused endless debate as to what the themes and meaning of the whole are.

Personally, I think maybe the film is a fantasy of a girl wishing she could reunite with her lesbian lover, and imagining or dreaming how that might happen. But I’m not sure, if you’ve seen it, I’d love to know what you think. Leave a comment below?

It’s a must see because: I suppose that the surreal isn’t for everyone, but this film is wonderfully different and strange, with some interesting scenes that skewer Hollywood and the life of the movie business.

Lynch creates a world that is suspenseful, that appears to be like a dream with archetypes and symbols but that don’t match up to themes or a through line, and yet the film is fascinating and somehow works as a thriller, even though we’re not sure what’s really going on. It’s full of leads and ideas that go no where or are subverted, and yet the film works as a whole, it’s never a mess or arbitrary. It’s easy to see why Lynch has such a large and loyal fan base.

See it if: you like your films a little trippy or if you’ve never seen a David Lynch before, it’s a good entry point.


1 thought on “105 Must See Films: Mulholland Drive (2001)”

  1. Yeah your thoughts on this are not far off from mine.
    The acting in the first half vs the acting in the later half are very different. One has the style of 30 and 40’s melodrama and the later half feels a bit more modern.

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