Wild at Heart

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As petty criminal Sailor (Cage) and his lover Lula (Dern) go on the run through a murderous Deep South, fleeing but meeting sleazy oddballs hired by Lula's mom (Ladd) to end their relationship, Lynch evokes a surreal, sinister world a mite too reminiscent of his earlier work: bloody murder, violent sexual passion, kooky kitsch, freaky characters immersed in private fantasies, digressive metaphors, symbols and cultish references, and bizarre humour to lighten the nightmare. This déjà vu weakens the film; sometimes the weirdness seems so forced that Lynch appears merely to be giving fans what they expect. But it's churlish to focus on flaws when so much is exhilaratingly unsettling. Even more than a virtuoso shoot-out, two scenes - Stanton tortured by a gang of grotesques, a truly nasty car crash - exemplify Lynch's ability to disturb through carefully contrived atmosphere; while the performances lend a consistency of tone lacking in the narrative (but ever-present in Fred Elmes' fine camerawork). The film, finally, is funny, scary and brilliantly cinematic.

Release details

Duration: 124 mins

Cast and crew

Director: David Lynch
Screenwriter: David Lynch
Cast: Nicolas Cage
Laura Dern
Diane Ladd
Willem Dafoe
Isabella Rossellini
Harry Dean Stanton
Crispin Glover
Grace Zabriskie
JE Freeman
W Morgan Shepherd

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Luibliyana

"Hated it. Self-indulgent, badly-acted and gratuitously violent. Left the cinema after half an hour. " Narrow minded as hell...

Luibliyana

"Hated it. Self-indulgent, badly-acted and gratuitously violent. Left the cinema after half an hour. " Narrow minded as hell...

Loulou

Hated it. Self-indulgent, badly-acted and gratuitously violent. Left the cinema after half an hour.

ross

This film is a wake up call to the film industry to make origional and shocking films that you will remember long after leaving the cinema.

ross

This film is a wake up call to the film industry to make origional and shocking films that you will remember long after leaving the cinema.