Upstream Color

Upstream Color

DVD - 2013
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Kris is derailed from her life when she is drugged by a small-time thief. She is unknowingly drawn into the life cycle of a presence that permeates the microscopic world, moving to nematodes, plant life, livestock, and back again. Along the way, she finds another being-a familiar, who is equally consumed by the mysterious presence. The two search urgently for a place of safety within each other as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of their wrecked lives.
Publisher: [United States] : ERBP : New Video, 2013
Branch Call Number: DVD UPS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 96 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in


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Feb 10, 2018

Confusing as hell.

After trying to watch it for 10 minutes, I gave up and went to Wikipedia for help. Then I returned to the movie and watched it all the way through. The movie was still confusing, even after reading Wikipedia's confident and precise explanation. Who are these people who seem to be supporting the "presence"? What do they get out of it? Where does the money go?

The movie is strangely affectless, even when there is action on the screen. The best I can say is that it is kind of interesting and definitely not your average date flick.

Mar 09, 2017

After Shane Carruth's first film the mind bending " Primer ", I was looking forward to his second film with anticipation. To say I was disappointed is an understatement- this film is a complete mess with a convoluted plot that goes nowhere, and it's shot like a car commercial ( uninspired ). I'd rather watch " Primer again, hopefully, he does better on his third film.

Mar 09, 2017

Dreamy, mysterious, paranoid, surreal little sci-fi love story. Definitely not for everyone, as the sci-fi elements are subtle and more conceptual, not effects laden CGI eye-candy, a different kind of eye candy, especially with the beautiful photography. It is mind candy too as it grabs and intrigues your inner detective as you follow our intrepid heroes down the rabbit hole. A lot less cerebral dialogue than the director's first film "Primer" (a dark thinking person's time travelling movie). It's more of a visual journey, and the clues and hints are mostly seen not heard, patterns to follow. Hard to sum up but a joy to watch; it's about creativity, the search for truth, survival, connectedness, longing, and love, to name a few topics covered. I was enraptured and mesmerized from start to finish

Jan 22, 2015

I think that the people that wished for their 96 minutes back wouldn't know what to do with that time, they'd probably just waste it on a Dwayne Johnson or Vin Diesel film.
This movie is a chef d'oeuvre, a gem in every sense, plot, camera work, sound and the two leads are just phenomenal !
This film IS really weird, painful,pointless ( life has a point? ) and I can't wait to spend another 96 minutes of my life on it.
If you like beautiful women, the lead actress is the beautifullest!

Oct 17, 2014

This movie was weird, and a tad bit hard at follow at first.
All of this to just get blue flowers, what was with the boys at the start? Is the man and woman together at the start before she loses her mind? If they both have the same marks on their ankles then why isn't he as nuts as her? LSD is the drug right, that the flower guy gave her? And tape worms? Of course I watched it all, willing her to come out of her haze and hating the pig farmer more and more. It's not mainstream movie - so if you are looking for something more, something to think about, then this is a good movie

Aug 25, 2014

the smartest film of 2013.

if you're looking for a run of the mill, traditional drama, if you are sleepy, or don't like experimental use of film techniques, are easily bored or have your finger on the fast forward button when the movie starts, or want a sit-back-and-turn-off-your-brain kind of movie.....AVOID UPSTREAM COLOR AT ALL COSTS.

BUT... if you're like me, and you've seen more movies than 98% of the people out there, and you want a movie that will challenge you, that makes you make the connections, does innovative things with editing and use of sound, and it prone to lyrical, abstract excursions, then this is the film for you.

(spoiler alert)
UC is told, more or less, from the rather disjointed, elliptical, stream of consciousness point of view of a drug addict, but not quite. it's almost viral--- following one person then another, with a fictional drug being the follow thru line, and it's effects being the film's main metaphor. the film starts with the production of the drug, then a few of it's uses, and then it's effects and finally it's aftermath.

frankly, i'm not shocked that most people hated UC.UC demands to be taken on it's own terms to be understood. most people want a film to be linear. they can handle a little disjointedness, but not too much. they want everything to be clear, when UC is purposefully opaque. they want it all served up for them, and UC makes you work. it's a film for jaded film lovers who have seen it all before....but contrary to many of the reviewers, it is not just coherent, it's brilliantly constructed. it works on so many levels most people won't even catch it. and if that's the sort of film you like, then go for it. i think you'll love it as much as i do.

Jul 10, 2014

Really weird

Apr 28, 2014

Critics apparently loved this sci-fi movie. With minimal dialogue, it was difficult to follow the ebbs and flows of the over imaginative futuristic plot concerning an orchid-worm-pig life cycle enabled by human characters from different walks of life. It helps to read the summary first to appreciate the story. In an interview, the director and screen writer said the movie was “about whether we control our identity or whether our identity controls us.” Hmn! I did not walk away with that but an exotic story.

Feb 09, 2014

Your life will be greatly enriched by not wasting any of it on this film. A painful, pointless experience.

Oct 24, 2013

It's a shame that this has generated so many hostile reviews. Yes, it is a challenging, abstract and enigmatic film that will not please those used to mainstream movies, but if you surrender to its singular wavelength, it offers a fascinating, strange and moving viewing experience. Possibly the most ambitious American film of the year. Director/star Shane Carruth also made the indie sci-fi film "Primer."

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