Lost Highway

Hello, hello!
Another day, another David Lynch movie. Today we’re going to take a closer look at Lost Highway, which proves to be very interested, judging from the trailer!

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

From this inventory of imagery, Lynch fashions two separate but intersecting stories, one about a jazz musician (Bill Pullman), tortured by the notion that his wife is having an affair, who suddenly finds himself accused of her murder. The other is a young mechanic (Balthazar Getty) drawn into a web of deceit by a temptress who is cheating on her gangster boyfriend. These two tales are linked by the fact that the women in both are played by the same actress (Patricia Arquette).

The Rating:

I know I had seen this one years and years ago, but try as I might, I couldn’t remember a thing about it. So, a rewatch was in order. Well, I can tell you this was interesting. As is customary for everything David Lynch, Lost Highway is extremely weird and confusing, but it will also give you a lot of food for thought. It feels like the kind of story you could actually figure out if you think about it long enough. Like, the meaning is just the tiniest bit beyond your grasp. I don’t want to say too much in order not to spoil it for anybody, but I sure was intrigued. I mean, it was crazy but maybe just a little more on the rational side than some of Lynch’s other stuff I have seen. Oh boy, thinking about it, if this is the film that makes sense, we are in trouble. 😅

I love the color scheme in this film and the acting performances were on point. Honestly, the set design was on point on the interplay of contrasts, of dark and light, of shadows was beautiful. Coupled with a great soundtrack, Lost Highway is worth watching for that alone, even if the story goes over your head.

There is a review somewhere that compared the themes of jealousy, of doubt, of love, and of betrayal as akin to a Greek tragedy and I can see that. Even if the movie is weird at times, many of the things in it are – at a core level – relatable. Maybe that’s why with Lost Highway it doesn’t bother so much that I can’t 100% figure out the story, even though with this one it isn’t as confusing as with some of his other works.

Overall, Lost Highway is a highly intriguing picture that will keep you thinking even long after the credits have rolled. It was surprisingly captivating, not just because of the script but due to a sublime interplay of cast, music, and set design on top of that.

Did you watch the film? Let me know in the comments!

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3 thoughts on “Lost Highway

  1. I really liked this film though I am waiting for the film to be included in the Criterion Collection as I just love the noir-tone of it as well as the exploration of identity. Plus, it has one of the best film soundtracks… ever!!! Yeah, I’m biased because the soundtrack was cultivated by Trent Reznor.

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