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Mulholland Drive (2001)

           Viewers have had strong opinions pro and con about writer-director David Lynch's film, but everyone agrees that it is futile to search for a linear, comprehensible narrative. To say that the perky Betty helps the amnesiac Rita find her true identity does not begin to communicate the complexity, or absurdity, of this film. Admirers argue that Lynch has given us a brilliant study in the surreal; detractors claim it is all incomprehensible style over meaningful substance and that he is only messing with our minds. Like a dream, this film is at once unreal and incoherent, but nevertheless very powerful. In what sense are your own, human dreams "real?" If you appreciate thinking about the complexity of that question you will like Mulholland Drive; if not, skip this movie.

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