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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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Thiago Martins ...
Thief
Kathy Carruth ...
Orchid Mother
Meredith Burke ...
Orchid Daughter
Andreon Watson ...
Peter
Ashton Miramontes ...
Lucas
Myles McGee ...
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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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Color a contracorriente  »

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$50,000 (estimated)

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

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$415,067 (USA) (17 May 2013)
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Kris's room number, 2063, is a prime number. See more »

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When Kris saw the worms crawling under her skin, she stabbed her leg with knife so hard but when the camera showed her leg, the knife was only about 1-2cm in her leg. See more »

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[Kris is rummaging through an enormous shoulder-bag and not meeting Jeff's eyes]
Kris: Why do you take the train?
Jeff: Why do I take the train?
Kris: Yeah, it's just, everyone who takes the train is either homeless or they had their license revoked or, you know.
Jeff: Do you want to see my driver's license?
Kris: No.
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This movie is so bad, that it deserves review or warning.
30 June 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I think Carruth tries to say: "All of you who don't like 'Upstream Color' are too stupid to understand it". Critics who watch it and and come out with feeling of wasted two hours of life are too afraid to be labeled as stupid, so they praise the movie to look smart. Then same principle applies to viewers, they want to look smart.

In first half of XX century in Poland there was multidisciplinary (just like director, composer, actor, writer etc. etc. Carruth) artist (or "artist") who invented "Pure Form". Witkiewicz claimed that art does not need to have any meaning or content, all it needs is form. This move reminded me about Witkiewicz.

Well, now about the movie. In first few scenes it almost promises that the movie will make sense. Then it turns into "Pure Form". Final half hour reminds me how "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite" by The Beatles was made (if you don't know check it on Wikipedia).

Maybe Carruth should follow Witkiewicz's example and add to end credits list of drugs taken during creation of his epic work (Witkiewicz used to annotate his paintings with such info). Somehow I feel the list would be quite long, nobody sober or clean is able to make anything even close to Upstream Color :-)


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