Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems.
A story that follows a New York woman (who doesn't really have an apartment), apprentices for a dance company (though she's not really a dancer), and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possibility dwindles.
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
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 »
I have to apologize. I was born with a disfigurement where my head is made of the same material as the sun.
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I was invited by a good friend, along to see this film, which was being shown as part of an arts festive near where I live. I knew nothing of the film (not even the name) before I saw it. All I knew was that it had been given great reviews and had even been nominated for an award at the Canne festival. I do enjoy, off the wall, indie movies so my hope were positive.
I soon felt otherwise, as before the film began, we, the audience, were introduced to the film by a psychiatrist, who tried to explain the plot (and I used the word plot in the kindest possible way as there is none) and advised the audience that we would perhaps not understand all the we see in the upcoming film. Un understatement if ever I heard one.
The cast play characters with little or no lines, dirfting from one meaningless scene to the next. With random music, scenes, and actions, happening without reason. I was shocked to read that Upstream Color has received wide critical acclaim. For what? It has no story, no meaningful characters, no insights into any real issue. It may perhaps be of use to psychiatrist, or whose studying the subject, for reasons unknown to me or most that have had to go through the punishment of sitting for an hour and a half of NOTHING.
This is the film equivalent of the emperor's new clothes. Film critics and their pompous arrogant "lovies" couldn't dare be seen not to understand and applaud this film, when the simple fact is its a badly written, no story, poorly filmed 90+ minutes of trash, that could easy be mistaken for a joke by a stoned teenager if it was not so bad.
If I could score it 0 out of 10, I would.
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