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Inland Empire (2006)

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

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David Lynch

Writer:

David Lynch
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karolina Gruszka ... Lost Girl
Krzysztof Majchrzak ... Phantom
Grace Zabriskie ... Visitor #1
Laura Dern ... Nikki Grace / Susan Blue
Jan Hencz ... Janek (as Jan Hench)
Ian Abercrombie ... Henry the Butler
Karen Baird Karen Baird ... Servant
Bellina Logan ... Linda
Peter J. Lucas ... Piotrek Krol
Amanda Foreman ... Tracy
Jeremy Irons ... Kingsley Stewart
Justin Theroux ... Devon Berk / Billy Side
Harry Dean Stanton ... Freddie Howard
Cameron Daddo ... Devon Berk's Manager
Jerry Stahl ... Devon Berk's Agent
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A Woman In Trouble See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Bim Distribuzione [Italy]

Country:

France | Poland | USA

Language:

English | Polish

Release Date:

7 February 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Inland Empire: A Woman in Trouble See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,508, 10 December 2006

Gross USA:

$861,355

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,044,781
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Runtime:

| (Camerimage Film Fest)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the brief scene where Jeremy Irons is speaking to his gaffer through a megaphone in order to lower a light, the voice of the gaffer is David Lynch. See more »

Quotes

Nikki: Bam! I Kicked him straight in the balls so hard they go crawling into his brain for refuge - he went down like a two dollar whore.
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Connections

References Mulholland Drive (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Polish Poem
Written by David Lynch and Chrysta Bell
Published by Bobkind Music Inc. (ASCAP) and Zibelle Music, Inc.
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As a Lynch fan I was disappointed.
2 September 2007 | by turner_cinemaSee all my reviews

I am a fan of Lynch, I have a book of interviews on him, and a book he wrote about creativity. I thought Mulholland Dr was a masterpiece, and yet INLAND EMPIRE disappointed me.

Its not that INLAND EMPIRE is bad, its just that after all the praise its received I felt that it should have been better. This is basically a Lynch experiment, not a Lynch film. He seems to be utterly fascinated by all the new "gizmos" involved with digital film-making, and thus instead of a story we get a 3 hour film of Lynch having a good time with the new digital era.

For a short while, INLAND EMPIRE almost ALMOST has a plot. Laura Dern plays a washed up actress, Jeremy Irons is a film director, and they set about making a haunted film. I have to wonder, knowing Lynch's style, if this isn't just some joke on his part. Releasing an incomprehensible film and seeing just how many snooty film critics will proclaim it as a masterpiece. Ultimately I can't shake that feeling that this is just Lynch getting sloppy, rather than making a coherent film (which takes work) he instead opts to make an incoherent film (which takes absolutely no work).

Considering I had to wait five years for the next Lynch film it is understandable that I was underwhelmed. Still I think Lynch is very interesting and I will be first in line for his next film, because when he gets it right, he gets it VERY right.


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