Lost Highway is a 1997 French-American neo-noir film directed by David Lynch and co-written by Lynch and Barry Gifford. It stars Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Balthazar Getty, and Robert Blake. The film follows a Los Angeles musician who begins receiving mysterious VHS tapes of him and his wife in their home, and who is suddenly convicted of murder, after which he inexplicably disappears and is replaced by a young mechanic leading a different life.
Despite initially receiving mixed reviews, Lost Highway has developed a cult following and has been retrospectively championed by some prominent film critics. Lost Highway’s surreal narrative structure has been likened to a Möbius strip by critics. Lynch has described the film as a psychogenic fugue rather than a conventionally logical story. In 2003, the film was adapted as an opera by the Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth, with a libretto by Elfriede Jelinek.