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Upstream (2016)

En amont du fleuve (original title)
Two half-brothers get to know each other while sailing up a river in an inhospitable region in search of the place where their father was found dead.


Marion Hänsel


Marion Hänsel (screenplay), Hubert Mingarelli (screenplay)




Cast overview:
Olivier Gourmet ... Homer
Sergi López ... Joé
John Lynch ... Sean
Igor Kovac Igor Kovac ... Frère Vedran
Niksa Butijer Niksa Butijer ... Le loueur du bateau
Damir Raic Damir Raic ... Chauffeur de taxi
Petar Dukic Petar Dukic ... Le vieux moine
Demagoj Nekic Demagoj Nekic ... Le pêcheur
Ana Nekic Ana Nekic ... La femme du pêcheur
Edita Benic Edita Benic ... La serveuse


On board a little tub of a boat, Homer en Joé, both in their 50s, sail up a river in the remote borderlands of Croatia. Until recently they were not aware of the other's existence. Then their father died: they turned out to be half-brothers. They go in search of the place their father has been found with a bullet in his head. Was it murder? Suicide? Homer, the oldest, owns a transportation company in Belgium. He has never known his father, not even his name. His mother was abandoned by his father when she was pregnant. He would like to get to know from his brother the kind of man his procreator was. Joé is a writer of novels and was raised by his father. He has little desire however in saying something about him. On their journey the two brothers encounter Sean, an enigmatic Irish adventurer who lives in the area. Which activities is he engaged in and what exactly does he know? Does he also tell them the truth about their father's death? Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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Adventure | Drama

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a story from East
7 October 2017 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

special. because it is like many others. two half brothers. and memories about father. a trip. and the answers. far by expected reality. and a friendship. poetry of image. admirable photography. a bitter portrait of two men looking for the truth behind the appearances. short, one of the films who gives sketches of answers. slow, cold, touching, simple. the dialogues - one of the most inspired parts. and the build of the delicate comradely between Homer and Jo. so, must see it. for its beauty, off course, for the performances. but, more important, for the questions about yourself. because it is a trip across ages and inspired definition of family.

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Release Date:

30 November 2016 (Belgium) See more »

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Flussaufwärts See more »

Filming Locations:

Razanac, Zadar County, Croatia See more »

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