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Inland Empire (2006)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  7 February 2007 (France)
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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:
Karolina Gruszka ...
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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Release Date:

7 February 2007 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Inland Empire: A Woman in Trouble  »

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1.85 : 1
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The instrumental music played during the love scenes is "The Colors of My Life" from the Broadway musical "Barnum". There are two different sets of lyrics to this song (sung by different characters who have different points of view). The lyrics concern colors and emotions and were intentionally omitted from "Inland Empire" in line with its themes of absence and loss. See more »


Nikki: Who was it?
Devon Berk: Disappeared where it's hard to disappear.
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Referenced in Hierarchy (2009) See more »


Polish Night Music No. 1
Composed and Performed by David Lynch and Marek Zebrowski
Published by Bobkind Music Inc. (ASCAP) and MaZeMus Productions Inc. (ASCAP)
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8 September 2006 | by (Venice, Italy) – See all my reviews

I saw INLAND EMPIRE at the Venice Film Festival and I think it's incredible... surely the most strange Lynch's film. A terrible nightmare of about 3 hours! I love Lynch's films and I think that INLAND EMPIRE resumes his whole filmography! And I want to underline also the interpretation of Laura Dern. She's absolutely fantastic! You can't pretend to understand completely the story (it's more confused than Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive...) but you'll be captured by the sounds, the lights, the changes of rhythm... David has written the screenplay day by day and also the actors couldn't understand what they were doing... I think you should see this wonderful film of one of the best contemporary director.

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