Wild at Heart

5 out of 5 stars
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Romantic film: Wild At Heart
Wild at Heart

Time Out says

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.


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

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Filmed way back when Nicolas Cage wasn’t yet an internet and worldwide joke, this movie is a timeless gem. Visually striking, it’s a wonderful tale exploring how common mental issues are for every bit of American modern society. Transforming into a weird love story at the end, it is a powerful and remarkable story that will emotionally hook you in. Definitely worth a watch – if not several.