Inland Empire

Released 2006


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Inland Empire

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David Lynch (I)
Inland Empire is the sixth and long anticipated full length movie from American director David Lynch. The film stars Laura Dern, Justin Theroux and Grace Zabriskie who are supported by veteran actors Jeremy Irons and Diane Ladd. This is a film within a film and takes the viewer between fact and fiction as Nikki (Dern) plays an actress who starts an affair with her co-star Devon Berk (Justin Theroux) and becomes the victim of a some strange happenings including a stabbing. The film moves from one occurrence to another with no clear connections and the director has woven a sometimes surreal story that moves from past to present whilst taking the cast from reality to the future. Lynch had no screenplay for this film and each day handed the actors a few pages of fresh dialogue allowing the film's direction to develop and take a life of its own. In short, Inland Empire is one of the most underrated films of the early 21st century and was well received by international critics. Filming the movie on digital video has given it a unique aesthetic, which fits with the overall character of the movie.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    One of the few films I've seen this year that deserves to be called art. Dark as pitch, as noir, as hate, by turns beautiful and ugly, funny and horrifying, the film is also as cra...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    Shot on grainy, often blown-out and distorted consumer-grade video, scored to a feedback distortion-heavy soundtrack that will be familiar to fans and tinnitus sufferers alike, and...

  • 50


    Inland Empire may mesmerize those for whom the helmer can do no wrong, but the unconvinced and the occasional admirer will find it dull as dishwater and equally murky.

Harry Dean Stanton

Harry Dean Stanton

Freddie Howard

Diane Ladd

Diane Ladd

Marilyn Levens

Laura Dern

Laura Dern

Nikki Grace/Susan Blue

Jeremy Irons

Jeremy Irons

Kingsley Stewart

Justin Theroux

Justin Theroux

Devon Berk/Billy Side

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Psychological, Independent