Both versions are just speculation

Miles 2022-04-20 09:01:36

After reading a lot of people's opinions, it seems that there is a consensus that the whole film can be divided into two parts, the part of jazz musician Fred is basically fact, and the part of mechanic Pete is fantasy. But after thinking about it carefully, I came to the conclusion that

these two stories are both attempts by a mentally ill wife murderer to rationalize his behavior, and they both failed one after another.

I don't know if everyone finds it strange that when nothing happens at the beginning, the jazz player is in a very depressed and sad mood? Why is he so hysterical when he plays at the bar and there's a picture of his wife leaving with Andy? And his wife acted just as weird, especially when he got the tape, and had sex with him? Do you feel that his wife is very "virtual", her character is very vague, and it is more a symbol than a person? You know, that's what "she" looks like when you're imagining someone, because that's just a virtual character in your head. He lived in a false dream until he was beaten up by the police. The first story was just his first dream. In fact, there is another place that hints at this, that is, Fred knew from the beginning that "Dick Laurent is dead", so that there was a contradiction with the later part of the party. For a mental patient, what kind of contradiction is this, ha ha.

Then, you can think about why the scene where he killed his wife basically never appeared in front of him, but was released through video, and it was only a very short scene every time? The answer is: this is something he desperately wants to forget, and because of the subconscious protection mechanism, this process has actually been erased from consciousness, so there will be no wife killing process in his delusional story.

Why did he see himself bloody through the video? I think the answer is that this is a video taken by the police at the crime scene, because the police arrived after the crime, so there will only be bloody scenes after the murder.

Due to a person's subconscious protection mechanism, in fact, he has no memory of the process of killing his wife, but the police will show him this video in order to make him plead guilty. After seeing the video, he will be at a loss, and his consciousness is full of contradictions (when delusion and reality conflict, he will have a severe headache) - a twisted person has to be twisted in order to keep his inner world "running". The external world - so his rationalization of the problem is that a "devil" caused it all, and this "devil" was brought by his wife's friend.

Psychopaths are people who live in dreams with their eyes open, but they also have moments when they wake up—that's when Fred is on death row with a splitting headache and needs an aspirin.

The first attempt at rationalization failed, and Fred made a second attempt - fantasizing about Pete's crossing, and getting out of the cell because of it. This reminds me of dreaming of picking up water next to the water dispenser when I am thirsty, and dreaming of being in the bathroom at night when I hold my urine... As someone who is about to sit in an electric chair, this fantasy is very reasonable.

In the world of fantasy, it seems to be able to do things arbitrarily and arbitrarily, but unfortunately the world of the subconscious also has iron laws that cannot be circumvented. When a person designs his own dream, he also vaguely knows the ending of the dream. When a person's mental state does not change, the result of each of his dreams is the same.

A man who loves to dream.

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Extended Reading
  • Krystal 2022-04-24 07:01:05

    male's desire schizophrenic. subconsciousness as doubleness. memory and video images, movement (i have my own way remembering). Six star film

  • Francesco 2022-04-23 07:01:44

    9.0 / A film that breaks and transforms the genre. It cannot provide any logical explanation. A character can be here and there at the same time, friend or foe, or instantly become another character. The rupture and form of logic present a sense of horror and fear. A lot of overlays and fade transitions are an illusion of "audience friendliness". The seemingly linear narrative is filled with irrational plot. A notable use of the lens is the high pitch and high pitch, causing weightlessness and vertigo in the cinematic space. Different from the choice of general commercial films, the film uses almost the same camera position for a large number of fast forward and reverse shots. This seems to open up the possibility of a reading, such as Peter and f both having "dry pillow" shots, but in the end it's just futile. Just as almost everyone in the film is presented very realistically, it seems to fit the drama's requirements for complex and historically rich characters, but in fact it is still subject to irrational plot development. There is nothing more than an external threat or an internal lust that drives the character. Each character seems to be logically invested in this illogical film, and in the end only the sensibility is true, just like the highway is like a neuron, rushing to the transmitter that stimulates the feeling.

Lost Highway quotes

  • [Pete, disturbed by the saxophone music on a radio, switches the channels]

    Phil: What'd you change it for? I liked that.

    Pete Dayton: Well, I don't!

    Phil: I liked that.

  • Bill Dayton: The police called us today.

    Pete Dayton: What'd they want?

    Bill Dayton: They wanted to know if we had a chance to find out what happened to you the other night. And they wanted to know if you remembered anything.

    Pete Dayton: But... I don't remember anything. What'd you tell them?

    Bill Dayton: [after a long pause] We're not going to say anything about that night to the police.

    Candace Dayton: We saw you that night, Pete.

    Bill Dayton: You came home with your friend, Sheila.

    Pete Dayton: Sheila?

    Bill Dayton: Uh-huh. There was a man with you two.

    Pete Dayton: What is this? Why didn't you tell me anything? Who was the man?

    Bill Dayton: I've never seen him before in my life.

    Pete Dayton: What happened to me? Please Dad, if you know, tell me.

    [Bill and Candace sorrowfully look away from Pete]