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Inland Empire (2006)

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As an actress starts to adopt the persona of her character in a film, her world starts to become nightmarish and surreal.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Hencz ...
Janek (as Jan Hench)
Krzysztof Majchrzak ...
Karen Baird ...


A blonde actress is preparing for her biggest role yet, but when she finds herself falling for her co-star, she realizes that her life is beginning to mimic the fictional film that they're shooting. Adding to her confusion is the revelation that the current film is a remake of a doomed Polish production, 47, which was never finished due to an unspeakable tragedy. Written by Ted

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A Woman In Trouble See more »

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Rated R for language, some violence and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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7 February 2007 (France)  »

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Inland Empire: A Woman in Trouble  »

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Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2007 (#02, tied with Death Proof (2007) and Still Life (2006). See more »


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Written by Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh
Performed by The Mantovani Orchestra
Published by Universal-Polygram International Publishing, Inc. (ASCAP), EMI Robbins Catalog,
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Courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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One of the few films to actually scare me - a wild, beautiful trip
3 December 2006 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

I just saw the NY premier of Inland Empire, and it was so refreshing to once again be transported in a way only David Lynch can transport somebody. Inland Empire is Lynch at his best - funny, thoughtful, eerie, beautiful, dark, deeply disturbing, and terrifying in a way that few horror films have ever affected me. The film is a slow burn, taking its time (about 3 hours), leaping through realities and bizarre encounters, continually keeping the audience asking themselves what reality they are experiencing, and what that reality means.

Laura Dern gives an outstanding performance as the tagline's "girl in trouble." She goes to places I don't ever remember seeing her go, from the naive to the terrifying, truly exposed. I've heard Lynch is campaigning for an Oscar nod for Ms. Dern, so maybe this is the one. She really blew me away.

This film - like all of Lynch's endeavors - is certainly not for everyone. It's vague, bizarre, jumps all over the place, and at times is deeply frightening (one of the few films in a long time to actually give me nightmares), but in my opinion it's also truly beautiful, almost serene. If you like a linear, clear-cut story, then don't see this film. If you appreciate non-linear, surreal drama/horror, however, then by all means go see it. Lynch is independently producing this, so I know he's banking on a lot of word of mouth for Inland Empire to be successful. Help him out. It's a fantastic film.

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