The protagonist in David Robert Mitchell's neo-noir film is an unemployed man from Los Angeles who devours pop culture, Sam (Andrew Garfield manages to convincingly extract a sense of eternal boyishness from his character), who would like to do something sensible but, for now, settles for playing Nintendo and masturbating. The mysterious disappearance of an attractive girl from his neighborhood, however, awakens the unflappable Philip Marlowe in him, and his amateur investigation casts an ever-wider net. Sam is guided on the trail of a powerful conspiracy (involving a millionaire, a dog killer and a hit songwriter) by information encoded on old VHS tapes, Hollywood locations, signs on walls, songs and comics. With a dizzying number of allusions, the film can be decoded in many different ways: as a radical criticism of Hollywood in the spirit of #metoo (the realm of white men ensnaring women in their fantasies), as an existential tale about the fact that we ourselves are the source of all mysteries or simply as a fiendishly convoluted and at the same time brilliantly simple work on pop-cultural obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Born in 1974, David Robert Mitchell is an independent filmmaker and screenwriter who gained international recognition with his film It Follows. Inspired by the work of John Carpenter, the film was part of the new wave of American horror, which includes The Legacy, Get Out! and A Quiet Place. It Follows premiered at the Cannes Festival, just like Under the Silver Lake, which was part of the competition at Cannes.
2010 Legendarne amerykańskie pidżama party / The Myth of American Sleepover
2014 Coś za mną chodzi / It Follows
2018 Tajemnice Silver Lake / Under the Silver Lake