Inland Empire (2006) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • A blonde actress is preparing for her biggest role yet, but when she finds herself falling for her co-star, she realizes that her life is beginning to mimic the fictional film that they're shooting. Adding to her confusion is the revelation that the current film is a remake of a doomed Polish production, 47, which was never finished due to an unspeakable tragedy.

    - Written by Ted
  • Inland Empire is a heroes journey: Nikki Grace, the greatest actress in the world, is hired to play the role of Susan Blue. She believes it is just another movie, but her Husband, Piotrek, has another motive- The story is cursed and Piotrek whose former wife (lost girl) fell victim to the curse (and the Phantom) is trapped and only Nikki Grace has the ability- the acting ability- to save her. Despite an eccentric and bumbling Director, not to mention dysfunctional crew, Nikki is able to find and eventually become her character. The key for Nikki is when her Australian and Dim co-star, Devon, despite Piotrek's threats, makes romantic advances that mirror her character Susan's own scripted adventures. When both her and her character become sexually involved, with co-star, Devon and his character, Billy, she finally has the Stanislawskian methodology to truly become her character. But once she does so, Nikki becomes lost in the life of her character (not to mention the psychological breakdown that her character must be going through living a life that is out of sequence because of the way movies are filmed). As she becomes more and more Susan Blue, she then progresses further becoming every incarnation of the character from the Polish Film "47" to the Radio Play "Axxon N". Meanwhile, Nikki is able to learn more and more about the Phantom and the curse. Piotrek plays Smithy, Susan's Husband, in order to monitor and assist Nikki's progress uncovering the curse. When the time is right, a doorway to where the Lost Girl is being held will open, and it becomes a race between Nikki and the Phantom as to who will get to her first.

    - Written by Kevin S
  • After taking the lead in a new movie Hollywood star Nikki Grace learns the script is based on an old polish film, which was abandoned after the two lead roles of the film were murdered, Thinking the film is cursed Nikki's imagination runs riot.

    - Written by ted
  • The actress Nikki Grace is invited to perform the role of Susan Blue as the lead actress of the movie "On High In Blue Tomorrows", directed by Kingsley Stewart. Nikki's husband is a jealous guy and the co-star is the wolf Devon Berk that will perform Billy Side, the husband of Susan. In the rehearsal, Kingsley tells that the movie is a remake of an unfinished and damned Polish production where the two lead stars had been murdered. While shooting the movie, Nikki has daydreams, mixing her real life with the fictional Susan.

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • As an actress starts to adopt the persona of her character in a film, her world starts to become nightmarish and surreal.

    - Written by Anton M.


The film begins with an image of an old vinyl playing "the longest-running radio play in history." Indistinguishable filtered voices can be heard in the recording. Eventually the scene fades into what appears to be a dimly lit hotel hall...

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