Monday, November 9, 2015

Mrs Tremond and her grandson, the magician

Twin Peaks episode nine, David Lynch, Los Angeles, California, 1990

Frances Bay as Mrs Tremond, Austin Jack Lynch as Pierre and Lara Flynn Boyle as Donna Hayward

Mrs Tremond is the third significant grandmother character, paired with a lone grandson, in one of Lynch’s major works.  All three are fairly benevolent, though they may not seem so at first glance, and all three are possessed of paranormal gifts.  Mrs Tremond and Pierre are two of the Dugpas who inhabit the Black Lodge, some of whom intercede on behalf of select citizens of Twin Peaks, while some of their fellow spirits lead other of the townspeople to destruction.  Frances Bay played this same character again in the film, Fire Walk with Me, but the director’s son, Austin, was replaced therein by another boy, Jonathan Leppell, as Pierre.

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