Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, France/USA 1992. Directed by David Lynch, screenplay by David Lynch and Robert Engels.
Bambi Theater 2, Row 1, Seat 6. Original version with German subs.
(This post originally appeared, in slightly different form, at my Instagram account betweendrafts.)
Fire Walk with Me is so much better than I thought, or remember to have thought, when I watched it eons ago.
Back then, I tried to make sense of it through the “prequel” lens, and it wasn’t quite what I’d expected. But it’s not that. It’s a movie in its own right with its own theme, which goes to places that are even darker than the TV series.
Plus, as for the “internal” level, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not really a prequel at all, at least not in the trivial sense of the term. Time itself, the Lodge, the characters—everything’s a lot more twisted than can be straightened to fit into one thing that happened and another thing that preceded it.
Damn good movie.
Oh, one more thing: the movie came with a German subtitle set which was really weird at times, but I forgot what it was. A few minutes in, I successfully instructed my brain to mask them even more thoroughly than usual, because it was clear from the sound design that in some scenes not everything was supposed to be understood, it was the point.
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