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Upstream Color -- A woman (Amy Seimetz) is abducted and hypnotized with an organic material harvested from a specific flower. When she falls for a man (Carruth) the two come to realize he may also have been subjected to the same process.
Upstream Color -- 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.
Upstream Color -- 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.
Upstream Color -- 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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  (in credits order)

Amy Seimetz ... Kris

Shane Carruth ... Jeff

Andrew Sensenig ... The Sampler

Thiago Martins ... Thief
Kathy Carruth ... Orchid Mother
Meredith Burke ... Orchid Daughter
Andreon Watson ... Peter
Ashton Miramontes ... Lucas
Myles McGee ... Monty

Frank Mosley ... Husband

Carolyn King ... Wife

Kerry McCormick ... OBGYN

Marco Antonio Rodriguez ... MRI Tech

Brina Palencia ... Woman in Club
Lynn Blackburn ... HR Manager

John Walpole ... Bank Investigator (as Trey Walpole)
Dave Little ... Veterinarian #1
Julie Mayfield ... Veterinarian #2
Ben LeClair ... The Sampled

Gerald Dewey ... The Sampled

Leticia Magaña ... The Sampled

Rebecca Frances ... The Sampled (as Rebecca Waldon)

Lindsey Roberts ... The Sampled

Cody Pottkotter ... The Sampled
Julie Santosuosso ... The Sampled

Steve Jimenez ... The Sampled

Jack Watkins ... The Sampled

Ted Ferguson ... The Sampled

Juli Erickson ... The Sampled

Karen Jagger ... The Sampled
Jason Barnes ... Roth
Wendy Welch ... Neighbor
Keith Copeman ... EMT #1
Nettie Yovanovitch ... EMT #2

Tony Tomaj ... Intern #1
Wheeler Williams ... Intern #2
Tommy Watson ... Security Guard
Joe Cutler ... Grocery Store Clerk
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Blaine ... Neighbor (uncredited)

Joy Leigh ... Dream Member (uncredited)

Mollie Milligan ... Maggie (uncredited)

Directed by
Shane Carruth 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shane Carruth  written by

Produced by
Meredith Burke .... co-producer
Shane Carruth .... producer
Scott Douglass .... executive producer
Casey Gooden .... producer
Brent Goodman .... executive producer
Toby Halbrooks .... co-producer
Ben LeClair .... producer
Original Music by
Shane Carruth 
Cinematography by
Shane Carruth 
Film Editing by
Shane Carruth 
David Lowery 
Casting by
Kina Bale 
Production Design by
Tom Walker  (as Thomas Walker)
Makeup Department
Heather Henry .... special makeup effects artist
Jocelyn Lopez .... additional makeup artist
Liz McCracken .... additional makeup artist
Dat Phan .... hair stylist
Art Department
Darrah Dean Gooden .... artist: Walden cover art (as Darrah Gooden)
Sound Department
Chad Chance .... production sound
Mike Gonzalez .... additional sound
Pete Horner .... sound editor
Pete Horner .... sound mixer
Johnny Marshall .... sound designer
Jon Meyer .... additional sound
Nolan Thies .... additional sound
Visual Effects by
Bongani Mlambo .... biological effects
Jeff Walker .... biological effects
Tom Walker .... biological effects supervisor
Tony Tomaj .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Shane Carruth .... camera operator
Casey Gooden .... camera operator
Hunter Holder .... camera operator
Peter Koutsogeorgas .... camera assistant
Bongani Mlambo .... camera operator
Jeff Walker .... camera operator
Casting Department
Andrei Constantinescu .... casting: background talent
Editorial Department
Lara Christensen .... post-production assistant
Toby Halbrooks .... colorist
Cameron Bruce Nelson .... assistant editor
Justin Scheidt .... assistant editor
Other crew
Matt Aines .... weapons master
Karen Carruth .... craft service
Kathy Carruth .... craft service
Grant Cornelison .... production assistant
Arturo Lopez .... production assistant
Thomas C. Lumpkin .... production assistant (as Thomas Lumpkin)
Simon N. Pulman .... distribution legal: Cowan Debaets Abrahams & Sheppard, LLP
Dick Saunders .... weapons master
Alex Wilson .... production assistant
Marc H. Simon .... distribution legal (uncredited)
John Carruth .... very special thanks
Erin Gooden .... very special thanks
Lori Gooden .... very special thanks
Wayne Gooden .... very special thanks

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96 min
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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 »
Continuity: 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 »
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.See more »


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50 out of 92 people found the following review useful.
a triumph of pretension over lucidity, 4 August 2013
Author: RichardSRussell-1 from United States

Upstream Color (1:36, NR) — 2 — borderline, bargain basement, original

Shane Carruth is justly famed in SF fandom for Primer, an ultra, super, hyper low-budget film shot in a storage locker with a cast of about 2.5 where you spend most of the movie wondering exactly what the heck is going on here. But, once you do, you can't help but admire the cleverness of how you were set up for it.

So I had hopes for Upstream Color, Carruth's 2nd feature, which he spent 9 years building up to. As with Primer, Carruth wrote, directed, produced, acted in, edited, and scored the film, and also spent some time running the camera. Unfortunately, in this one you spend ALL of the movie wondering exactly what the heck is going on here.

It's not quite a silent film, but don't count on the dialog for help in figuring out what's up. For the first 15 minutes it's minimally audible mundanities; for the last half hour, it's totally non- existent; and in between it's sparse, sporadic, and largely soporific. For almost all of it there's subtle, atonal, pulsing background tones which I don't think really qualifies as music but which does serve to create a sense of unease and everything being somewhat off.

The plot, such as I could decipher it, is that an unfortunate young woman, Kris (Amy Seimetz), gets tasered into unconsciousness and has a parasitic worm literally forced down her throat. It seems to make her hypnotically suggestible, during which  time her mainly unseen assaulter runs her thru a series of odd exercises, including looting her bank account. Gradually she seems to return to normal, but by then she's been missing from work for some time and her credit is completely shot, so she loses her job.

We next pick up on her some time later (the time lapse indicated by a noticeably shorter hair style) as this guy on a train, Jeff (Carruth) spots her and uses really crappy, creepy pick-up techniques on her which nonetheless eventually prove successful.

Meanwhile, intercut thru all of this (and there is a LOT of cutting in this movie — seldom does a given shot last more than 5 seconds) is this sound engineer who spends a lot of his time in a fenced-in pigpen for no apparent reason and never utters a word.

These are the more or less intelligible parts of the movie. Most of it is less accessible.

This is a triumph of pretension over lucidity.

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