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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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Shane Carruth (written by)
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Release Date:
30 August 2013 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
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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3 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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(543 articles)
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Cast

  (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

Trey Walpole ... Bank Investigator
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)
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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
 
Stunts
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)
 
Thanks
John Carruth .... very special thanks
Erin Gooden .... very special thanks
Lori Gooden .... very special thanks
Wayne Gooden .... very special thanks
 

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  • erbp (2013) (USA) (theatrical)
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96 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the Sampler is incapacitating a pig with his instrument, the knot is thrown towards the pig's face and stretched. In the next frame, the wire knot is around the pig's body between its front & hind legs.See more »
Quotes:
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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92 out of 163 people found the following review useful.
Tedious, pretentious and utterly exhausting, 14 April 2013
Author: Charles Herold (cherold) from United States

Upstream Color begins as a puzzling but reasonably coherent movie; much of the beginning is a disturbing and unpleasant but somewhat interesting sequence in which a woman is kidnapped and kind of hypnotized. While some of it doesn't make much sense, I could think of explanations for why things happen they way they do, and the odd, distanced, no-affect acting is appropriate to what is going on.

Unfortunately distanced characters and no-affect speaking are the rule even after that scene, and puzzling goes to flat out senseless as the movie progresses.

The movie is very much a pretentious art film in which the viewer is supposed to do the work of filling in the gaps of the movie. It is full of strange transitions, inter-cutting between scenes that seem to have nothing to do with one another or between different versions of the same thing. The movie is for people who feel things like story and character development are simple catering to the masses. It is the sort of movie that, if you hate it, you think the people who like it may just be pretending to like it to seem cool, because it is so hard to imagine anyone could genuinely enjoy this. It is a movie that resolutely makes less and less sense as it goes along, so while early on I still thought the elements might somehow be at least vaguely tied together, by the end it appeared that the director himself probably didn't even know how it all connected.

This is not to say there are no interesting ideas in the film, because there are a couple. In fact, you could take parts of this movie and make something vaguely interesting out of them. But this movie fails to use its ideas to good effect. It also never connects you to its characters, leaving you alienated and alone in a confused landscape.

While the movie looks like a puzzle to be solved, I think it is like the famous riddle from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, "Why is a raven like a writing desk," in which when she admits she cannot solve it she is told there is no answer. There is no answer to this movie either, although someone may eventually cobble one together, in the same way that, years later, someone answered the Raven riddle (because Poe wrote on both).

The frustrating thing is, I can't stop mulling over what it means, and yes, I am thinking of connections and possibilities. But these connections do not themselves connect. You can make some of this make sense, at least in terms of allegory, but there are always loose ends, like leftover screws in Ikea furniture. And while fans of this movie will watch it over and over, looking for clues, I would never put myself through this again, because the movie is quite boring and just plain tiring to sit through.

In looking at reviews, trying to figure out why critics love this movie, I found comments that it was brilliantly and beautifully filmed. I don't understand that reaction. From the first moment I thought it was a flat- looking, low budget movie. Competently filmed within its limitations, certainly, but that's about it.

I have a friend who will only watch indie films, and after she rejected my first three choices, we settled on this. She soon apologized for rejecting my choices (she kept complaining and apologizing, in fact, until someone in the theater told her to shut up) and promised that next time I could choose the movie.

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