There are very few films which seek the minute audience attention and involvement in the plot to unlock the enigma and ‘Mulholland Drive’ is a classic modern example of intriguing plot/story nexus case studies like ‘Memento’, ‘Fight Club’ or ‘The Usual Suspects’. It’s one of the most puzzling and complicated film that I’ve ever seen after a long time. I must confess that as soon as I have completed the film, I’ve read the analysis of the plot from wikipedia to understand it properly and decided to repeat it as soon as possible. Many fans consider it as the best work of Director David Lynch.
After a brutal car accident in Los Angeles, a sole surviving woman named as Rita (Laura Elena Herring) lost her memory. She accidentally lands up in a stranger’s apartment where she meets Betty (Naomi Watts) a wannabe Hollywood star. Surprised and intrigued by the strange woman’s situation of identity crisis, Betty starts helping her to solve the mystery and soon both the women discovers that nothing is as it seems in the city of dreams. The plot takes a brilliant twist showing sudden non linear progression in the last thirty minutes and it teases your brain towards the surreal world.
Lynch finely tangled the perfect combination of drama, crime, mystery and thriller in his Bona fide masterpiece coiled with complex structure between the story and plot. He got nominated for Oscar for this flawless direction and won great critical appraisal which earned him Best Director Award at Cannes.
I can’t resist giving once again full marks for the brilliant creative execution of Master David Lynch.