by David Lynch, 2001

Cowboy: A man's attitude … a man's attitude goes some ways, the way his life will be.

About ten years ago I was confused by the movie and could not watch it attentively as I could not make any sense of it. This time I was so excited, drawn to the screen, completely thrilled. Parallel worlds, dream and reality, doubles...It was fascinating to think about this puzzle. I woke up next morning still thinking about possible interpretations, about the ideas, which Lynch wanted to convey.

One of the ideas is that of parallel worlds or past lives where people live their lives under completely different names and play different roles, but the actors are the same. Sometimes a remembrance of a past life comes to us as a flashback, a déjà vu, or a dream...

The parallel worlds are subtly interrelated so that it is hard to grasp at once. The whole of the plot does seem to be Diane's dream starting from the car accident and until the cowboy entered Diane's room and said "It's time to wake up". The blue box was the symbol of her dream, her nightmare revolving around Camilla's murder, which she initiated, the monster sitting behind the Winkie's cafe being the personification of it. He is playing with the blue box at the end. The big blue key from her dream is juxtaposed to the small blue key that she found on her table as she woke up, which meant that Camilla was dead.

The turning point in the story for me was the dialog of the Cowboy and Adam Kesher, the director. His words about the attitude that "a man's attitude determines to a large extent how his life will be". The two story lines - one with Betty and the other one with Diane denote the two ways a life can go depending on what attitude the heroine had: full of light, love and sure of her success as Betty, or jealous, self-piteous and full of hate as Diane.

Finally, the film pays with the principle of strange loop or a mise en abym, creating a hypnotizing paradox by suggesting a never-ending sequel of stories inside stories inside stories, where the story starts all over again, just with a slightly different plot. A popular technique used by other filmmakers or artists.

Another interesting idea, which goes well with surrealistic mood of the movie is that the film industry and the theater is a paradox in itself:  is all about illusion, but tells us truth about life, which is the play of our imagination. And of course, the color themes and the red curtains cannot but remind you of  "Twin Peaks" and its red room...

Llorando written by Roy Orbison, performed by Rebekah Del Rio:
I was alright for a while
I could smile for a while
but I saw you last night
you held my hand so tight
as you stopped to say hello
oh you wished me well
you couldn't tell
that I'd been
crying over you
crying over you
and you said so long
left me standing all alone
alone and crying crying crying crying
it's hard to understand
but the touch of your hand
can start me crying

I thought that I was over you
but it's true so true
I love you even more
than I did before
but darling what can I do
for you don't love me
and I'll always be
crying over you
crying over you
yes now you're gone
and from this moment on
I'll be crying, crying, crying, crying
over you...