Isabella Rossellini (Perdita Durango) and David Lynch (Director) Celebrate with
the Press His Acceptance of the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1990
nd that is not even mentioning the panorama showcase of supporting talent orbiting the young couple, which itself is nothing short of extraordinary. Particularly, Laura Dern's real-life mother Diane Ladd's Oscar-nominated supporting role as Lula's wicked witch of a mother. She truly stood out, giving a far different performance than any she had ever done before. Ladd's energy infuses the movie with something special.
And there is the great Willem Dafoe's brief turn in the film as the diabolically evil Bobby Peru. For so little screen time, his character swoops in near the end and practically steals the film. Which is exactly what him and his character needed to do. Peru's charm oozes on screen even when terrorizing poor Lula in her vulnerable, exhausted state. Dafoe possesses true acting genius, at its best. I, for one, wish Willem Dafoe would act in many more David Lynch projects. They seem a natural fit.