Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mulholland Drive

Mulholland Drive (film)
Mulholland Drive (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

          Whether Mulholland Drive (2001) is stranger than the film discussed in my previous post is fairly difficult to say.   Both films have characters who become different people, depictions of evil, strange music sequences, and very ambiguous endings.   Those aspects make this film very dreamlike.

          Mulholland Drive is divided into two parts and one seems like the dream.  Or maybe each part is a different dream and we still don't know who the dreamer is.   It's a strange world depicted that might make you want to watch this film several times like I have done.

            Definitely an adults only film so if you're easily offended you might want to avoid it.   It's a trip worth taking if you can handle it.  After it's over you might think that you were dreaming.

             Have you seen Mulholland Drive?     Does it bother you when movies have weird shifts in character and story?   Are there any other films that you can think of that have ambiguous or peculiar endings?

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  1. Don't get me started on the X-Files franchise. Despite claims of 'everything will be explained', I still walked away from the first movie furious that we still didn't find out what really happened to Samantha Mulder!

  2. I haven't seen Mulholland Drive, but I've heard film experts and reviewers talk about it. I've gathered it's a movie that goes in and out of someone's dreams/reality.

    I don't mind being challenged by films ( I happen to love Fellini's chaotic movies that someone has to interpret for me), but I don't like it when I'm led down dead ends. Story threads that are started should somehow be tied up. Not necessarily neatly, but brought to some end.

  3. JoJo-- I guess the mystery was part of the whole point of The X Files. I never kept up with the TV show and saw only one film that I don't remember.

    C.Lee-- You might not like Mulholland Drive since the ending makes no sense--or at least it hasn't yet for me. Still those "dead-ends" sometimes are just avenues for deeper thought. One movie that I really like is Limbo by John Sayles. It seems like there is no ending. In fact when I went to the theater there were groans and people seeming upset about the seeming lack of ending. After a few days of thinking about the movie it all hit me. If a movie makes me think like that then I think it's achieved something special.


  4. Yep, I don't like ambiguous endings either. I have to really want to see the movie if I'm going to put myself through discomfort to see it! I saw "The Talented Mr. Ripley" because I love most of the actors in it and I liked the director, but I walked away from that movie and couldn't get it out of my head for three DAYS. It was superbly done, but ouch, very hard to stomach...


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