Interpretation of the plot of LOST HIGHWAY

Deron 2022-04-21 09:01:47

There is no doubt that, like Mulholland Drive, this film is also one of the masterpieces used by psychoanalysis in the film. For this reason, I specially turned to Freud's Interpretation of dreams, and then made a review of this film.
First, as the name suggests, Highway is the central thread of the film, appearing at the beginning, middle, and end. I started to analyze the film from the end of the film where the male protagonist was chased by the police.
The male protagonist is tracked by the police, which can be related to the plot of the old man in the middle and back of the movie being driven by the car and getting angry and beating up the young man. There is no doubt that the middle part is a dream. Anyone who has been to Mulholland Drive and who knows a little about Freudian theory should be able to see it. I tend to think that the last being tracked by the police is real, for the following reasons: 1. It coincides with the name of the film, and the core fits 2. The real scene here has caused the aforementioned plot of the old man being chased by young people in a car It is consistent, the latter is a dream, that is, a reflection of suppressed desires. The male protagonist is tracked by the police, so in the dream, he takes violent revenge and vents against the driver who is chasing after him. Here, the fragments of reality and dreams are linked, and then the analysis of other plots is carried out.
Now that it is true that he has been tracked by the police, then considering the violence of the entire film and the initial suspected wife murder scene, the murder is certain. After killing someone, the male protagonist is imprisoned, and he suffers from a painful schizophrenia in prison. , and then a young man appears, that is, the character transformed by the male protagonist. The stories of young people are all dreams. Key question: Who was killed? Is it the wife? Or an old man cheating on his wife? From the clues of the whole story, as well as the understanding of the relationship between David Fincher's other film Mulholland Drive, I tend to think that it is killing the old man. The terrifying white-faced man has been running through the movie, and is the inner demon of each of us; in the end, he helped the male protagonist to kill the old man.
The whole story can be understood in this way: 1. The male protagonist is impotent, and his wife cheats 2. The male protagonist wants to kill 3. The male protagonist has many hallucinations after having sex with his wife. With the help of the mysterious white-faced man, he kills the old man and is then taken to prison by the police. 4. Painful schizophrenia in prison, the young man's plot is his dream, in which he fulfilled his unfulfilled wish: having sex with many women (in reality he is incompetent), competing with an old man for his wife, wait wait wait. Dreams have fictional scenes and real memories. The film ends at the boundary between the final dream and reality. When you wake up, you will face electric torture, and if you don't wake up, you will face the pain of "death and the rear of the car" in the dream. In addition, the white halo in the dream is always the same as the technique in Mulholland Road, which symbolizes the dream with mysterious and psychedelic colors.

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Extended Reading
  • Raphaelle 2022-03-22 09:01:36

    It hurts to watch...

  • Ruth 2021-11-15 08:01:26

    David Lynch is the second most obscure movie (one level lower than Inland Empire). The soundtrack is all works by heavy metal and rock gods (Marilyn Manson, Rammstein, etc.). Lynch overlaps dreams, conjectures and chaos in reality, fusing elements such as violence, murder, and pornography to create a weird and psychedelic look and feel, a closed loop connected end to end. The shape structure makes it more difficult to interpret. But the film is still not as good as "Mulholland Road" (8.8/10)

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]