Ten years later later, I still didn't know what to make of it.
These days, I'm might be starting to figure it out. Maybe.
This film, by the way, plays great in a theater. Here in Dallas, we have this cool theater that often shows old movies on vintage 35mm prints (as opposed to the digital presentations that 99% of theaters today offer) and one weekend in 2014 or '15, they showed FIRE WALK WITH ME and the print they received still had this circa-1992 note taped to the metal can from David Lynch that gave very specific instructions to the projectionist on how to frame the film and the volume at which to set the sound---which was extra loud, by the way.
Really loud. Rock band loud. Noticeably louder than most movies.
Before the movie, one of the theater owners told the audience about this and said that they would be following Lynch's instructions exactly.
So the projector fired up and yeah, the movie was ####in' loud. The "Pink Room" scene, in particular, was next to deafening.
And it was really great. The film's presence was huge. I treasure that experience.
I left that show with new respect for the movie.