Part of David Lynch: A Retrospective.
The movie is a sensual mystery: Betty, fresh from Deep River, Ontario, and Rita, car crash survivor, at the center of secrets and the heart of a mystery, two helpless hearts with no one to turn to but each other. The movie within the movie is a fragmented biography: Diane, ground down by the industry, and Camilla, dangerously close to the top of the ladder, telling each other’s story, with the gulf between tellings threatening to devour the whole world. The dream is of betrayal, of facing the undeniable moral truth of oneself. The movies, they say, are a beautiful lie, and all lies must eventually yield to a reckoning.
The rest is silence.
Preceded by short film The Alphabet:
Dir. David Lynch | USA | 1968 | 4 min. | NR | DCP
A woman's dark and absurdist nightmare vision is comprised of a continuous recitation of the alphabet and bizarre living representations of each letter.