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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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Release Date:
30 August 2013 (UK) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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)

Gena West ... Neighbor (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
Aspect Ratio:
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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:The water before you is somehow special. When you drink it you feel revived and full of energy. It is better than anything you've ever tasted. Take a drink now.See more »


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141 out of 208 people found the following review useful.
An exercise in thematic appreciation, 1 March 2013
Author: hellsfoxes from California

UPSTREAM COLOR is already baffling the hell out of the world and will especially draw disapproval on IMDb.

The plot is not delivered in a way that is traditionally comprehensible, only to those paying close attention to the themes that unite it all. If you're already rolling your eyes THIS MOVIE IS NOT FOR YOU.

If however you have experienced or would like to experience films where you have to dedicate your ability to assess and determine the underlying idea that is linking a series of enigmatic actions and subtle scenes, UPSTREAM COLOR will intrigue and probably charm you. It very much plays to the TREE OF LIFE crowd.

For me, it's undoubtedly a massive artistic accomplishment. Hugely evocative and if you unearth those ideas, the ability to have human connection, abuse, hope and language among them, you'll have no problem following along and the ending will be very satisfying.

If you want to say "you're not supposed to understand it, just feel it" that's fine. I think that if you stop and ask yourself what idea is driving moments, you can follow along just fine. The story is in the themes. Details are abstract to drive home this point.

I took off two stars because I found the serious tone and sombre score to be so focused and constant, the atmospherics became a little more monotonous than I think was intended. The briefest of levity here and there might have offset the heaviness.

If you're still reading, check it out.

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