Inland Empire

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): David Lynch
Production: Absurda Inc.
  4 wins & 17 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
180 min

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tonight, continuing in the Baltic region.

A gray winter day in an old hotel.

The stairway is dark

I don't recognize this hallway.

Where are we?

At our room now

I don't have the key

No, you gave it to me. I have it

What's wrong with me?

This is the room? I don't recognize it

- Take off your clothes.

- Sure.

You know what whores do?


They f***

- Do you want to f*** me?

- Take off your clothes

I'll tell you what I want


I'm afraid

I'm afraid

I am going to find out one day.

When will you tell him?

Who could have known?

What time is it

I have a secret.

There have been no calls today.

I hear someone.

I do not think it will be much longer now.

You are looking for something?


- Are you looking to go in?

- Yes

An opening?

- Look for an opening. Do you understand?

- Yes, I understand

- Do you understand I look for an opening?

- Yes. I understand completely.

Good. Good that you understand.

That's good!

You understand!

May I help you?

I am a new neighbor.

I live just down the street.



I don't mean to intrude

I am your new neighbor.

I hope that it is not being incovenient for you?

No, no.

Please, sit down.

Such a lovely home!

Thank you.

We enjoy it very much


Uh, would you like uh, coffee?

That would be lovely.

Thank you.

And for you, ma'm?

the same, Henry,

thank you.

I've, I've been going around

meeting new neighbors.

I think that it is important

know one's neighbors.

To say "hello" to them.

Yes, it's very rare these days

but that's very nice.

Which house are you living in?

Just down the way.

Tucked back in the

small woods.

The brick house.

I think I know the one.

It is difficult to see it from the road.

Thank you.

Milk and sugar?

OH, yes, very good.

Will that be all ma'm?

Yes. Yes, thank you.

I'll be just close by

if you need me.

Thank you, Henry.


You have a new role

to play, I hear.

Up for a role

But, I'm afraid,

far from getting it.

No, no, I definitively heard

that you have it.


It is an...

Is it an interesting role?

Oh yes, very

Is it about marriage?

Um... perhaps, in some ways...

but... um...

Your husband, he's involved?


A little boy

went out to play.

When he opened his door...

...he saw...

the world.

As he passed through the doorway...

...he caused, a reflection.

Evil was born

Evil was born,

and followed the boy.

I'm sorry...

what is that?

An old tale.

And a variation:

A little girl...

...went out to play.

...lost in the marketplace... if half born.

Then, not through the marketplace,

you see that, don't you?

But through the alley

behind the marketplace.

This is the way

to the Palace.

But it isn't something you remember.

Forgetfulness, it happens to us all.

And me?... why, I'm the worst one!

OH, where was I?

Yeah.. Is there is a murder

in your film?

Ah, no, it's not part of the story...


I think you are wrong about that!


Brutal f***in' murder!

Ah... I don't like this kind of talk

The things you've been saying,

I think should go now.


Me... I.. I can't seem to remember if it's

today, two days from now, or yesterday!

I suppose that if it was 9:45...

I'd think it was after midnight!

For instance...

If today...

...was tomorrow... would'nt even remember

that you owed on an unpaid bill.

Actions... have consequences.

And yet

...there is the magic.

If it was tomorrow... would be sitting over there.

You see?

Excuse me, ma'm?

Excuse me, ma'm,


It's for you.

It's your agent.



Oh my god! Oh my god!

My God

Nikki, it's we who are happy

and fortunate to have you on board

...on this film,

in this role.

I meant everything I said in

praising Devon.

And forgive me, I do love

making speeches.

I mean this too...

You have everything you need to soar

back to the top...

...and to stay perched there.

This film, you and Devon,

a great director.

Yes, do I hear?

The script is well, we're going to plunge into.

If all play our role,

do our best...

...if we work hard together

...well, this could be the one...

This is a starmaker, if ever I saw

one, you'll see

I think we have a chance

to pull it off...

what do you say?

Let's do it!

If you don't f*** it up Kingsley,

I'm sure we can!

I never felt better

in my life.

Champaign and caviar

is on its way.

Tonight, Nikki Grace

and Devon Berk.

Marsha, honey I know where you live,

do not pull my hair.

We're back in:

Mamas, lock up you daughter's doors!

Nikki, really, this news, this

shocking revelation by Devon...

...must send a shiver down your spine!

Are you going to be able to be true

to hubby with a wolf in the den?

do with a bad wolf round you

Now, Marilyn...

I'm sure we'll get on famously,

in a professional way

and that's how it will stay,


And, Devon, your naughty boy,

are you hiding a smile?

Is your devilish mind scheming?

If you're looking for shock value Marilyn,

I suggest that you look in the mirror.

What a bitting wit!

But I tell you this:

Marilyn Levins is going to be watching,

and she will be reporting to you

everything she finds out!

There, and there, and there and beyond

around the world!

The Marilyn Levins Starlight Celebrity

show will be back next week

...from Hollywood, California.

Where stars make dreams...

...and dreams make stars.

How were you a**holes thinking? That

was the biggest crock of sh*t I ever saw!

Show's popular!


OH, you guys, how did it go?

Honey, you were great!

- You were amazing, how do you feel?

You were incredible. -Good...

You absolutely nailed it. Did you hear her?

Did you hear what Marilyn said?

She said you blowed! You were perfect!

So Devon, this one's off limits, right?

Don't even think about it...

...If I don't kill you, her husband will,

and he is THE most powerful guy around.

He knows everything. There is not a

thing he does'nt know.

I can tell you stories that

would color your hair.

So listen to me when I tell you.

Around Nikki, keep it in your pants.

What the f*** are you guys

talking about?

She's a nice girl, she's so far

from my style, it's not even funny.

Beautiful, Devon. Great.

We'll be able to sleep tonight

You gotta admit though...

She's got a nice ass.

It's good.

- Goodnight guys!

- Goodnight, I'll talk to you tomorrow.

- OK.

- Bye!

- Let's go!

Good morning

Mrs. Grace.


It all in the beans!

And I'm just full of beans!

Is that our set?


It's not finished yet

There's Smithie's House.

Smithie's House.

I should have guessed you two professionals

would be here early and beavering away...

We're just laying about drinking capuccino.

Devon makes a great capuccino.

Care for one?

Thanks, but Prey and I just had a cup of tea.

Actually, it was a terrible cup of tea

at the commissary.

"Terrible" is an

adequate description of it.

Well, I thought since we're here

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David Lynch

David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946) is an American director, screenwriter, visual artist, musician, actor, and author. Known for his surrealist films, he has developed a unique cinematic style. The surreal and, in many cases, violent elements contained within his films have been known to "disturb, offend or mystify" audiences. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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