"Fate plays the biggest part." - David Lynch
From the first moment I was in love. With both of you,
but my passion for Mr. Lynch has proved to be lasting
and true. It has an intensity of longing and horror
that makes the desire to stay win out over the need to
run. (To switch off.)
In heaven, everything is fine.
You've got your good things and I've got mine."
(song of the Lady in the Radiator.)
We entered the wasteland. Spoil heaps, broken windows.
Henry, a tragicomic figure, pens and pencils in his
top pocket, is in a state of constant anxiety. The
ride in the lift, his encounter with an enigmatic and
beautiful neighbour, all fuel his state of extreme
"I like to make films because I like to go into
another world. I like to get lost in another world and
film to me is a magical medium that allows you to
dream in the dark." - David Lynch.
Eyes open, lost in the dark.
Pile of earth on the chest of drawers, reminder of The
Grandmother, as is the tree growing by the bed. Within
a drawer lies the discarded torn photograph of Mary,
who hasn't been around, lately.
Echo of a childishly fretful voice.
The light is always cast upwards by powerful lamps,
creating twisted shadows and eerie bleached faces.
Despair and absurdity of dinner with the parents from
hell, who has not experienced such moments of
alienation? Although extreme there are naturalistic
elements to all of Lynch's films, and that is what
truly unsettles, that erasure of the boundaries
between dreams and waking nightmares.
Baby chickens spouting blood are a taste of things to
come. Poor Henry! What does he know? Tangled in the
hopelessness, with a repulsive offspring and an idiot
bride. The 'baby' conjures intense revulsion and pity,
its gleaming eyes and moist skin nauseating yet
touching, as are the bandages that cocoon it tightly.
Henry is seduced by his neighbour. They sink into a
milky pool, the baby mewling weakly in the background.
The neighbour however is out of her depth in the
substances that make up his world. She envisages the
head of the baby in the place of Henry's and backs
"I keep hoping people will like distractions, space to
dream, consider things that don't necessarily add up." - David Lynch.
The number of Henry's room is 26. At the Lost Highway
motel the room where Mr. Eddy/Laurent is laid by Renee
and taken prisoner by Fred is No. 26.
No adding up is necessary.
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