David Lynch: The Art Life centres around the renowned filmmaker as he discusses his youth and experiences which led to his work as an artist. At first glance, the film may seem to be a film bout Lynch, his art and filmmaking, but it proves to be an intimate look at his creative process as an artist and painter.
Audiences will be treated to seeing Lynch in his studio creating surrealist and dark portraits while his adorable daughter, Lula, floats around him. Lynch provides expressive voiceover to his stories, which are complemented by old photographs of his family and Lynch his teens. What we become most interested in as devout Lynchian followers (possibly) is his undeniable passion towards his artistic practice; his difficult yet persistent process to break into the art world. The documentary should not be solely viewed as being exclusive to Lynch fans, but art fans in general.
It is a pleasure to hear him speak so passionately and candidly about his art and even his emergence into film making, highlighting his achievements, along with his failures. Most interestingly, watching this film, it is evident how Lynch’s trademark style and nightmarish form originated in his art and was carried over into his filmmaking. The doc was released at almost the perfect time. With the television revival of Twin Peaks, the Lynchian form presented in this doc should hold those interested in the revival until then (as a Twin Peaks lover, I am still on the fence about the relaunch).
Directors Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes and Olivia Neergaard capture Lynch in a way where he is reachable. In other words, as such an iconic auteur, he may seem to be more mythical than someone we can relate to. Not only does the doc portray on often misunderstood filmmaker and artist, but it shows his devotion to his craft and his journey of finding himself as both an artist and filmmaker.
Is David Lynch: The Art Life opening weekend worthy?
For any Lynch fan, art aficionado or anyone who loves Eraserhead as much as I do, this film is a must-see.
David Lynch: The Art Life opens Friday, April 7, 2017 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Check their website for more information.