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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.

Director:

Shane Carruth

Writer:

Shane Carruth
5 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Seimetz ... Kris
Shane Carruth ... Jeff
Andrew Sensenig ... The Sampler
Thiago Martins Thiago Martins ... Thief
Kathy Carruth Kathy Carruth ... Orchid Mother
Meredith Burke Meredith Burke ... Orchid Daughter
Andreon Watson Andreon Watson ... Peter
Ashton Miramontes Ashton Miramontes ... Lucas
Myles McGee Myles McGee ... Monty
Frank Mosley ... Husband
Carolyn King Carolyn King ... Wife
Kerry McCormick ... OBGYN
Marco Antonio Rodriguez ... MRI Tech
Brina Palencia ... Woman in Club
Lynn Blackburn ... HR Manager
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Color a contracorriente See more »

Filming Locations:

Dallas, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,649, 7 April 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$444,098, 27 June 2013
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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

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 »

Quotes

Thief: The next drink must be earned and I'm going to tell you how. Focus closely on my instructions. I will ask you to repeat them from memory.
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13 April 2013 | by agoldstein-591-890891See all my reviews

I attended this film solo (only one other person in the theater) which turned out to be a good thing as distractions were nil. Carruth has a lot of respect for the viewer. He doesn't do exposition. And if you pay close attention to this film, you wont need it. Unlike other reviews I've seen, I found Primer much harder to suss out than Upstream Color. There was a clear narrative here and the main protagonists arc is clear to see. I loved it. It was intense, beautifully shot, scored, and of course acted, especially by Amy Seimetz, the lead. She was amazing. If you like your films delivered to you on a silver platter, then this is not for you. But if you like to think a little bit, you will find the 90+ minutes of Upstream Color thoroughly enjoyable. I hope it does very well. And I hope Carruth doesn't take another 8 yrs to do his next one.


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