Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me ★★★★★

with all of twin peaks’ idiosyncratic edges, it still played very much into the gloss and artifice that ran network tv dramas in the 80s/90s (and it’s all the better for it honestly) but it’s so refreshing to see this setting and characters with david lynch in his element and without a filter. behind it all, twin peaks was always tragic; the way the death of one teenage girl affected a whole town, made them contemplate their previous actions and what could’ve caused something to someone they all loved and knew dearly and fire walk with me fully plays into that making it david lynch’s most tragic film.

his signatures like stilted dialogue, the interaction with the unexplainable, hypersexuality and our connections to our dreams are all played up to create this terrifying atmosphere around laura palmer, the trauma that shapes her life and how she deals with it. this reminded me a lot of andrea arnold’s film “fish tank” in how it treats teenage girls, due to infantalisation and misogyny which either leads to them being fetishised or purely dismissed as human beings, we often (in movies and in actual society) can forget to give empathy and understanding to a person in that stage of their life and “fire walk with me” goes deep and tragic into all the things this young girl dealt with that lead to her death, even with all the fantasy and quirks, laura’s story is still real and transcends beyond it.

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