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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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4 wins & 19 nominations See more »
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"Each drink is better than the last, leaving you with the desire to have one more. Take a drink now." See more (106 total) »

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:
[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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55 out of 78 people found the following review useful.
"Each drink is better than the last, leaving you with the desire to have one more. Take a drink now.", 25 May 2013
Author: Al_The_Strange from United States

I knew this film was going to be weird. Shane Carruth's debut film - Primer - was an oddity as it was, lacking in straightforward answers or explanations, but presenting a very intriguing and sturdy piece of hard science fiction. Be warned that Upstream Color is also something that lacks a straightforward explanation. In fact, Primer was something rather cold, with its strong basis in the scientific method; UC is far warmer and artistic, but is also more abstract.

The film may come off as slow and dull to certain viewers, especially if you're expecting a strong narrative structure or plot. I'm usually adverse to movies that have no real plot or conflict, but with this film, it's the experience that matters. Watching this film is a strangely mesmerizing, lucid, and smooth experience, given the exquisite imagery, nuanced performances, and quality music score. The film's first fifteen minutes are probably the most straightforward, most interesting, and most disturbing aspect of the whole thing, and it serves as an important fulcrum point. This much I understand: the film starts off with the freaky notion that there's a man injecting grubs into people, which makes them susceptible to mind control. From then on, the film tracks two such victims who inevitably come together and discover the secrets of their latent trauma.

What makes the film so weird, so cerebral, and potentially frustrating, is that things happen, and characters will say things that won't make total sense. And most scenes are intercut with such footage as a farmer tending to pigs, and flowers growing in the wilderness. The movie draws stark parallels between such images, to unearth some rich thematic territory. Could such scenes reflect on life and death? Is it all about nature? Is it about love? Is it the human condition overall? The film never really tell you outright, and it gets very surreal when scenes overlap. If you struggle to find logic behind this story, you might write it off as messy. If you take in the experience and open your mind to interpreting the film, it'll keep your brain going and haunt you indefinitely. It's an experience comparable to such films as Mulholland Drive.

This film is very stylish, with some beautiful photography and ingenious editing. All actors put on decent performances, and they show a good blend of nuance and emotion. Writing is pretty weird, given the amount of strange and unusual dialogue. This production uses excellent sets, props, and costumes. The music score is very exquisite.

While Primer was a film that appeals on an intellectual level, Upstream Color appeals best to the artistic side of the brain. If you're susceptible to strange, abstract films that require lots of brainpower to interpret and understand, then this one is a perfect puzzlebox for you. Casual audiences might want to approach this with caution.

5/5 (Experience: Very Good | Content: Very Good | Film: Perfect)

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