Confounding the Lynchian Model
When confronted with a film that is “weird” or hard to understand, it is common to try and force it to make sense logically. Filmmakers like David Lynch have trained many moviegoers to embrace this kind of Lynchian model of analysis. However, this model is helpless in the face of films that do not embrace this western sense of rationality such as Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. This paper explains the Lynchian model and then applies it to Lynch’s Mulholland Drive and Uncle Boonmee in order to highlight the fallacy of trying to force eastern films into western thought paradigms.
Faculty Mentor: Tyler M. Williams