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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.

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Shane Carruth

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Shane Carruth
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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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When a woman's attacked and injured, he's hypnotised, and, using a grub with hypnotic properties. When 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's a lot in common with. Written by SnoopyStyle

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Covered in episode # 56 of Sardonicast. 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: 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.
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A new and unconventional birth in American cinema is fathered by Shane Carruth...
22 April 2013 | by ClaytonDavisSee all my reviews

The film opens up with a mystery, a subtle yet powerful imagery that focuses on the senses of seeing, hearing, and touching. A lavish score by writer/director/star Shane Carruth lays mindful and precise to capture the enigmatic nature of the film. A hybrid of science fiction that keeps the viewer at a distance but intrigued enough to stay on the ride, Carruth develops and writes a model of storytelling that will be appreciated in years to come. Hypnotic, and often places you into sensory overload, but its imaginative and intoxicating nature are completely unconventional and will inspire a new age of filmmakers to come forward. The synopsis of Upstream Color is as vague as the film itself. From IMDb: 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. I couldn't have come up with a better, more ambiguous line of description. Amy Seimetz dives head first into her role of Kris; first as a woman under the spell of sorts by the dominant yet awkwardly charming thief. Later, Seimetz, who reminds me of a more seasoned Brit Marling, envelops the essence of loss and disorientation. Her constant puzzlement that only heightens and becomes more clear as the film progresses, goes hand- in-hand with the film's obscure and melancholic ambiance. It's a brilliant breakthrough for the actress that will hopefully get her noticed by more high-profile projects. The multi-talented Shane Carruth also lends his hand as the Director of Photography and has a keen eye for angles that captures the bold and poignant temper. Carruth is a visible factor of success for the film. Taking cues and narrative notes from screenwriters like Christopher and Jonathan Nolan, and even more recently Zoe Kazan, Upstream Color plays like a lucrative blend of Memento (2001) and Ruby Sparks (2012) for the first half before making a dramatic switch. There are even moments where you can find hints of The Human Centipede (2009) believe it or not.

Sound mixing on the film is the first technical marvel of the year. Blends the fusion of music and the sounds of life, Upstream Color sets a new standard for independent cinema and with Shane Carruth's benchmark for science fiction screen writing, a dynamic dragon of sorts is created. Colorful, creepy, and poetically ingenious.

Shane Carruth is a talent to watch in the near future.

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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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Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,649, 7 April 2013

Gross USA:

$444,098

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$587,174
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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