Against the backdrop of an ever-increasing sense of dread, David Lynch's post-Mulholland Dr. (2001) and pre-Inland Empire (2006) short film employs Mulholland's prevailing notions at an embryonic stage: mysterious places, equally cryptic roommates (both brunettes and blondes), pain, and tears. Using his hand-held DV camera, David Lynch captures the strange connection between a Japanese woman in her Tokyo flat; a crying blonde with runny mascara; an unsympathetic brunette; a menacing man behind her, and ripe bananas in grainy and unsettling extreme close-ups. What is the secret of the darkened room? —Nick Riganas
Darkend Room life
Actually spelled "Darkend Room" this is an intriguing but quickly forgettable Lynch piece. Lynch does the camera work himself, and the digital video look has a kind of odd appeal. This is hidden on DavidLynch.com and true Lynch fans should seek it out. I'm a huge fan, but I've been uninspired by this and most of the original work on Lynch's site. I'm hoping there will be more rewarding surprises than this in the near future. These two young women are extremely attractive, though.
- Aug 9, 2002
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