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Upstream Color (2013)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Sci-Fi  |  30 August 2013 (UK)
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A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thiago Martins ...
Kathy Carruth ...
Orchid Mother
Meredith Burke ...
Orchid Daughter
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Ashton Miramontes ...
Myles McGee ...
MRI Tech
Woman in Club
HR Manager


Kris is attacked one night, and hypnotized, using a grub with hypnotic properties, administered by a thief. She follows the thief's instructions to give him everything, even taking out loans. After the worms are extracted, she wakes up to find her life ruined. She's lost her job, her finances are destroyed. Years later, she meets Jeff whom she may have a lot in common with. Written by SnoopyStyle

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Release Date:

30 August 2013 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Cores do Destino  »

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$50,000 (estimated)

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$28,649 (USA) (5 April 2013)


$415,067 (USA) (17 May 2013)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film that Kris is editing at the beginning of the movie is A Topiary, the film that Shane Carruth had begun production on before deciding to film Upstream Color instead. See more »


(at around 32 mins) When Jeff and Kris are in the coffee shop and Kris is digging in her case, there is a menu standing on the table. When the shot shows both, there is no menu standing on the table. See more »


Thief: There are two approaching armies: hunger and fatigue, but a great wall keeps them at bay. The wall extends to the sky and will stay up until I say otherwise.
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Jodorowski rip-off. Bad one for that matter.
26 October 2013 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

I mean, if you can only "get" what goes on in a movie when you have read the summary, then what's the point? There is nothing to figure out in this film, even though I really put a considerable amount of effort to discover some symbolism or hidden meaning somewhere amidst the irrelevant and randomly put together scenes and characters of this movie, accompanied by nostalgic music and hand-held camera shots. At least when you watch Yodorowski, you can see the symbolism, you get the pictures, maybe not 100%, but there is some meaning there, somewhere. Upstream Color is probably an ambitious -on the part of the director- effort to try and make a seemingly "futuristic" film, with a Lynchian and Yodorowskian feel added to it, but, to my mind, fails miserably.

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