A pretty high school girl who dabbles with drugs and prostitution is haunted by bizarre dreams and stalked by a mysterious figure known only as “Bob”.
David Lynch’s prequel to his hugely influential TV series Twin Peaks bears all his usual hallmarks. It’s the story of the unseen horrors of middle America featuring unsettling and deliberately obtuse imagery which is scored brilliantly with inventive sound design and populated by offbeat characters. The opening in particular as the FBI investigate a similar case a year earlier is classic Lynch and to be honest I wish he’d stayed with these characters a little longer. Chris Isaak, Kiefer Sutherland and Harry Dean Stanton all give very memorable performances and Sheryl Lee ably tackles a very complex character. The story set in Twin Peaks features the final days of Laura Palmer and for this reason Fire Walk With Me works neither as a stand alone nor as an introduction to the series; those who have not seen the show will find it incomprehensible while at the same time it gives away far too much of the story.
Taken as a companion piece for fans however, it’s a thought provoking and disturbing requiem to a heartfelt story with a very important message.