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*ck

- Do you want to f*ck 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 fuckin' 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.

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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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