An hallucinatory viewing experience that defies categorisation, Shane Carruth’s follow-up to his acclaimed debut Primer is an entirely original, mythic, romantic thriller that goes in search of truths that lie just beyond our reach.

Director: Shane Carruth
Cast: Amy Seimetz, Shane Carruth
Duration: 96 mins
Country of Origin: United States

MMature themes

Upstream Color

★★★★★
“A bizarre, breathtaking, beautiful and brain-bending love story. Singular and sympathetic, handmade and humane. Full of big bold ideas that demand, and reward, close and careful viewing and contemplation. It’s also full of moments that work in the moment, startling you with their invention or oddness or depth of feeling. A singular achievement on par with, and in the same mold as, Tarkovsky’s Solaris or Stalker.”
James Rocchi, THE HITLIST/MSN

★★★★
“Extraordinary. To say that this film is richly strange is inadequate. It’s the work of a remarkably inventive filmmaker who wants to recast most of the conventions of storytelling. The film is meant to be puzzling, and on that level it is a spectacular success. No one knows what this film is about, possibly not even its creator, but a lot of people are trying to work it out. The internet is throbbing with interpretations, although it may be best to do what we used to do back when there were more impenetrable films by cinematic mavericks like Kubrick and Jodorowsky. Lie back, relax, let the thing wash over you… Utterly engrossing. Piercingly emotional.”
Paul Byrnes, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

““May be the American arthouse film of the year. The prospect of such an elusive chimera appearing on screens in 2013 should be cause enough for joyful rioting.”
Michael Atkinson, SIGHT & SOUND

★★★★1/2
“Genius. This is a grand love story.”
Craig Matheson, THE SUNDAY AGE

★★★★1/2
“A spine-tinglingly unforgettable cinematic voyage. Thrillingly triumphant.”
Alice Tynan, ABC LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE

“Bold, empassioned, ecstatically beautiful – in a class by itself. This hypnotic, symphonic film undeniably gets under your skin.”
Scott Foundas, THE VILLAGE VOICE

“Mind-blowing. Plunges audiences into a realm of unknown pleasures.”
Steve Dollar, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

An hallucinatory cinematic experience that defies categorisation, the amazing and audacious UPSTREAM COLOR is the highly anticipated second film from Shane Carruth, whose debut Primer won the Grand Jury Prize of the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and is widely regarded as a landmark of independent cinema.

Kris (Amy Seimetz) is abducted from a bar and forced to ingest a drug that renders her susceptible to persuasion. When she awakens from her trance she discovers that life as she knew it has fallen apart. After some time, she meets Jeff (Carruth) on a train, and soon realises she might not be the only one to have experienced this ordeal, and that something bigger is going on…

UPSTREAM COLOR is an entirely original, mythic, romantic thriller that goes in search of truths that lie just beyond our reach. Both gripping and boundary pushing, it asserts Carruth as one of the most exciting and talented filmmakers working in cinema today.

MORE…
“Mesmerising mystery gets beneath the skin” – Paul Byrnes reviews UPSTREAM COLOR for The Sydney Morning Herald.

The Australian’s Michael Bodey interviews Shane Carruth.

Lovely profile on Amy Seimetz in The Scotland Herald.

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POST-VIEWING FURTHER READING…
(NB: contains major spoilers)

Shane Carruth explains the unseen forces, both natural and contrived, that drive UPSTREAM COLOR with The Ages’s Stephanie Bunbury

“Everything You Were Afraid To Ask About Upstream Color” – Daniel D’Addario, Salon

Slate’s Upstream Color FAQ

“Buckle Your Brainpan: The Primer director is back” – Brian Raferty, Wired

“The Thoreau Poison” – Caleb Crain, The New Yorker

“A Mind Among Pigs” – Gabriel Winslow-Yost, The New York Review Of Books

“Upstream Color: what on earth does it mean?” – The List

Lifecycles Infographic – David Ryan Andersson


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