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LYNCH: “There are many things I think that are out there that we don’t know about but sometimes, you know, you get certain feelings.”
LYNCH: “Things can go away and they can come back again, too.”
What is interesting is that the motif of angels appears only in the movie. It does not appear in the screenplay, the series, or the diary. The angels concept must be one of the last minute additions by Lynch himself. The first mention of angels emerges in the dreamy conversation between Laura and Donna (Thursday): DONNA: “Do you think that if you were falling in space you would slow down after a while or go faster and faster?” ; LAURA: “Faster and faster. For a long time you wouldn’t feel anything. And then you’d burst into fire. And the angels wouldn’t help you. Because they’ve all gone away.” Laura is obviously talking about the situation she is in, her downward spiral into darkness, which made her numb. Her answer leaves Donna feeling confused. Angels are Laura’s idea of the last straw, of a desperate person’s salvation. However, she feels disappointed and miserable. She is fully aware of her downfall and her bleak destiny (the inevitability of what is about to happen), that she does not believe that anything can possibly save her. That is why the angels have gone for Laura, and there is nothing to cling to.
On the picture in Laura’s room, an angel is feeding hungry, abandoned children , which is exactly what Laura is. She is nothing but a child who has been deprived of her childhood in the cruelest possible way; a child left on her own to face a problem she cannot handle. Before she leaves the house for the last time, the angel disappears from the picture on her wall, leaving the children alone and helpless, which symbolizes the hopelessness of her situation. Laura is abandoned by her last angel, and there is no place left to go.
In the traincar, during the murder scene, Ronette is rescued by her guardian angel, but not before she repents and admits how dirty she feels (NOTE: the expression of anger/envy on Laura’s face). It is no accident that Mike shows up in the aforementioned scene, being the symbol of redemption.
But as Lynch says: “Things can go away and they can come back again, too.” In the end, Laura makes the right decision – and the circle is completed. She sacrifices herself for her father’s sake. She is fully conscious of her downfall and yet it it suggested throughout the movie, that she might find salvation should she take hold of the truth. When she finally does, the story can have its happy end. Laura’s angel returns to her to offer her an absolution and guides her to the White Lodge, where she will finally find her sanctuary.