->''And the angels wouldn't help you....because they've all gone away''
This is essentially a 1992 film prequel to the TwinPeaks TV series, which was keenly anticipated due to the popularity of the series. It was not received well at the Cannes Film Festival, and garnered largely negative reviews in America. Further, many of the fans of the television series were not keen, due to the fact that several characters from the TV series did not make an appearance, and the lead character (Dale Cooper) only had a few scenes.
It did receive some positive reviews, however, and some fans do appreciate it.
The plot deals with the last days of Laura Palmer, and the investigation into the murder of Teresa Banks.
!! Fire Walk With Me provides examples of:
* AwfulTruth: Causes Laura to have a HeroicBSOD
* BitterSweetEnding[=/=]GainaxEnding:[[spoiler: In the last scene of the movie, Laura appears reunited with Agent Cooper and her guardian angel in the Black Lodge.]]
* BondageIsBad: It's certainly presented in as unsavoury a way as possible.
* BreakTheCutie: The process is well underway by the beginning of the film
* BrokenBird: Laura. So, so much.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Played as dark as it can get.
* CryIntoChest: Laura does this with her confidant, Harold Smith.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Although it occupies the same disturbing universe as the TwinPeaks television series, the film is noticeably more bleak. The focus is firmly on Laura, not the kooky surrounding cast of the TV show, and the eccentric humour of the series is absent.
* DaylightHorror: TwinPeaks always liked to mix the mundane with the terrifying, and the film is no exception.
* DirtyCop: The entire Deer Meadows sheriff's office.
* DontGoInTheWoods: For the love of God, ''don't go in the woods''.
* EvilMeScaresMe: Played with, on a number of different levels.
* FreudWasRight: Inverted in-universe, with a plot that deliberately contradicts some of Freud's theories. Just as Freud believed that events in dreams always stood for something else, he believed believed that women who claimed to [[spoiler: have been raped by their fathers]] were mentally processing some other trauma into this story and that it never really happened. In this film, the [[spoiler: incestuous rape]] is the AwfulTruth lurking underneath the more fantastical setup.
* HeroicBSOD: Poor Laura.
* InelegantBlubbering: Sheryl Lee is excellent at crying. There's no single glittering tear, she properly sobs.
* JurisdictionFriction: Between FBI agent Chet Desmond and the Deer Meadows sheriff's office.
-->Now... Irene is her ''name'', and it is ''night''. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodnight,_Irene Don't go any further with it]].
* TheOtherDarrin: Most notably Moira Kelly as Donna, since Lara Flynn Boyle bowed out.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: At the end of the film, [[spoiler: Laura is reunited with her guardian angel in the Black Lodge.]] It's actually not that 'different' and is instantly recognizable as a straightforward angel.
* PeekABooCorpse: During Laura's nightmare, the bloodied body of [[spoiler: Annie Blackburn]] shows up in her bed. And then starts talking.
* RightThroughHisPants: BOB in the rape scene. [[spoiler: Justified since it's actually Leland.]]
* SecretDiary: Played with. [[spoiler: Laura find that pages have been torn from her diary, but does not know who did it. When she finds out it was Leland, her father, the awful truth starts slowly to sink in.]]
* SelfDeprecation: The scene with Lil the dancer and her bizarrely convoluted coded messages has been read as DavidLynch gently mocking his own incomprehensibility.
* SexForSolace: Laura's crying on Harold's shoulder looks like it was going to turn into this, seeing as she suddenly started kissing him passionately, but then she stopped herself. Possibly due to the SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny messages in the rest of the film, and Laura's own difficult relationship with her sexuality.
* SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny: A running theme throughout.
* SplitPersonality: Played with. [[spoiler: There's Laura the homecoming queen who helped organise meals on wheels, and then there's the Laura who prostitutes herself and is a coke addict. On the same note, the whole BOB/Leland split personality/evil spirit issue]]
* SpookyPainting: The one Laura receives as a gift from Mrs Chalfont and the boy in the mask.
* SpotTheImposter: Although it's implied that the [[spoiler: Dale]] we see is the good one, Agent Jeffries isn't sure. "Now who do you think that is, there?"
* StepfordSmiler: Laura. But seeing as this is David Lynch, practically everyone.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Chet Desmond was originally supposed to just be Dale Cooper. The end result, despite being a comparably brilliant FBI agent, is actually a very different character, though. For one thing, he's much less patient.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: Played with. [[spoiler: Laura would rather die than let herself be a conduit for BOB.]]
* TheWatson: Agent Sam Stanley is this to Chet Desmond.
* WhatYearIsThis: Agent Philip Jeffries (DavidBowie, of all people) demands to know this. It's implied that he's somehow UnstuckInTime.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: A particularly tear jerking take on this trope. [[spoiler: When the angel appears to Laura when she is despondent in the Black Lodge, it is letting her know that she is worth saving and it never abandoned her.]]