Upstream Color

Upstream Color

Upstream Color

Shane Carruth, writer-director of cult time-travel film Primer, returns with this mysterious Sundance-winning romantic thriller about a man and a woman who are "drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism."

"Kris (Amy Seimetz) is derailed from her life when she is drugged by a small-time thief. But something bigger is going on. 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 larger force. The two search urgently for a place of safety within each other as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of their wrecked lives." (Sundance Film Festival)

Since directing, writing and starring in 2004's Primer - which he made for just $7,000 - little was heard of Carruth until becoming involved with Looper, credited as a consultant for Rian Johnson's time-travel sequences.

Winner of Special Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival 2013.
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

A stimulating and hypnotic piece of experimental filmmaking.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The effort is majestically single-minded, even if the overall vibe tips dangerously toward preciousness.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A deeply sincere, elliptical movie about being and nature, men and women, self and other, worms and pigs ...

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A baffling, opaque mess. But at least it's got a baby pig.

2.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A dramatically obscure, technically brilliant experiment in speculative fiction from Shane Carruth.

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Nine years after Primer, director Shane Carruth is back with this by turns bizarre, beautiful, imaginative, impenetrable, confusing, colourful, interesting and enigmatic, near silent movie entry into the American art house indie school of filmmaking. Terrence Malick fans of visual poetry as opposed to traditional Hollywood-style three-act structure...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

A stimulating and hypnotic piece of experimental filmmaking.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The effort is majestically single-minded, even if the overall vibe tips dangerously toward preciousness.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A deeply sincere, elliptical movie about being and nature, men and women, self and other, worms and pigs ...

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A baffling, opaque mess. But at least it's got a baby pig.

2.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A dramatically obscure, technically brilliant experiment in speculative fiction from Shane Carruth.

0

Nine years after Primer, director Shane Carruth is back with this by turns bizarre, beautiful, imaginative, impenetrable, confusing, colourful, interesting and enigmatic, near silent movie entry into the American art house indie school of filmmaking. Terrence Malick fans of visual poetry as opposed to traditional Hollywood-style three-act structure...

4.0
0