"I Just Met the Good Witch"
WILD AT HEART
Wild at Heart ( 1990) is an accomplished Lynchian romance in which the hero transcends his limitations and becomes a seeker, and the heroine, moving beyond the traditional controls on her, attains the power of a secret-bearer of major importance. A portentous expansion of the possibilities of Hollywood film, Wild at Heart grows out of David Lynch's mature narrative sense of the hardships and rewards of letting "something else" speak to us. This original Hollywood movie, which reflects on both the power and the mystery of its traditions, invites us to a richly articulated, darkly comic festival of "the will to lose one's will."
Wild at Heart concerns a young couple, Lula Pace Fortune ( Laura Dern) and Sailor Ripley ( Nicolas Cage), who are in what seems to be an impossible situation. They live in extreme danger because Lula's insanely controlling, homicidal mother, Marietta Pace Fortune ( Diane Ladd), wants to separate them permanently. 1 Having gained her own freedom by arranging Lula's father's murder, Marietta is in the process of putting out a contract on Sailor. Compounding the couple's woes, Sailor, as willful as Marietta, continually endangers Lula and himself by bolting wildly into one catastrophic danger after another. Lula's alternatives--a mother's love stained by father's blood, and blissful sexual love in a mine field--are not very promising. Sailor's alternatives--self-detonation or hostile takeover--are equally grim. Moreover, the film darkly reflects the world around Lula, Sailor,
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Publication information: Book title: The Passion of David Lynch:Wild at Heart in Hollywood. Contributors: Martha P. Nochimson - Author. Publisher: University of Texas Press. Place of publication: Austin, TX. Publication year: 1997. Page number: 46.
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