Fire Walk With Me takes the show's loose cluster of supernatural phenomena and reconfigures them as a vulnerable mind's imagined demons, a coping strategy for trauma. If the series is about hunting a literal demon—BOB, a gray-haired man who is said to "possess" Leland Palmer—the film is about realizing that the demon is real. Though in a way these fantastic elements were its bread and butter, the series ultimately suffered, emotionally, by "explaining away" the trauma of Laura's death and by assigning Leland's evil to his demonic alter ego. But the film returns us from fantasy to reality, reasserting the evil in the man himself: Laura's death at the hands of her father becomes a tragedy localized in a recognizable world rather than one happening in the fantasy of fiction. The fantasy becomes figural. A history of sexual abuse becomes real.

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May 11-23, 2013
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Lil (Kimberly Ann Cole) is the central element of the film's first half: Cole (Lynch)'s "mother's sister's girl," offering deliberately inscrutable signs for the pleasure of our confusion. It's Lynch's way of signaling that there will be no easy answers: we're about to witness a tragedy unfold without explanation, horrors happening that we can't justify or explain. Laura's world is morally confused, and Lynch presents it as basically illegible: the only way he can show us the truth is by articulating it in code, shrouding it in fantasy and mystery and conspiratorial intrigue. It's why the film seems, at times, like a puzzle. The contrasting halves of the film's bifurcated narrative find two worlds crashing together, the first a plane of frustrated desire and inscrutable mystery, the second a void into which a young woman is swallowed up. The procedural elements of the first are fundamentally disconnected from the tragedy of the second, suggesting that, in the final estimation, we can't really on institutions to protect us. They're solving the wrong case.

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jcfb3000
jcfb3000

it's technically brilliant, but gleefully sadistic in it's detail of tormenting this poor girl...lynch is a bit sick in the head honestly....

Cindi Powell
Cindi Powell

Yeah, what happened to Free Will Astrology??

imarc3g
imarc3g

With respect, the article has it backwards. The Black Lodge stuff in Fire Walk with Me is essential to understanding the narrative of the film (which is as linear as anything that Dave has ever done), and one of the most important thematic links to the TV show. I've always loved the film, and I find that it plays extraordinarily well when taken at more or less face value.

screenplayhouse
screenplayhouse

This article doesn't even begin to explain why Peaks FIRE WALK WITH ME is a masterpiece compared to Lynch's other works.  It instead merely presents a fanboy's take on the meaning of the movie's symbolism.  Really REALLY liking a movie doesn't in any way explain why it is masterful.  Or the artist's masterpiece.

Hey -- I'm a fan of Lynch myself.  As much as I am a fan of under-appreciated movies.  But TWIN PEAKS was a confusing yet sometimes inspired pile of WTF the day it was released -- and this article doesn't succeed in presenting a compelling argument to the contrary. 

What this article is doing is falling into THE TREE OF LIFE trap.  That's when a movie about nothing allows you to insert your own 'brilliant' story and ideas onto it's blank slate.  And this is what most of Lynch's movies have been like during and after Twin Peaks FWWM. 

Now if you want to suggest that TWIN PEAKS the series trumped all of David's features, you have my ear.  Just don't leave that ear in a field somewhere...

 

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