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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

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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Storyline

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 she's a lot in common with. Written by SnoopyStyle

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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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Box Office

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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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(at around 32 mins) When Jeff and Kris are in the coffee shop and Kris is digging in her case, there is a menu standing on the table. When the shot shows both, there is no menu standing on the table. See more »

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Thief: The water before you is somehow special. When you drink it you feel revived and full of energy. It is better than anything you've ever tasted. Take a drink now.
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There is no one review for everybody. You pick your crowd.
21 August 2013 | by evimchineSee all my reviews

Please read the following slowly… and calmly…

This movie, like Primer, requires a prohibitively high intelligence, to be appreciated. Though this time, it's more the emotional intelligence. Unfortunately, most people are way below that level. That is a simple observed fact. And unfortunately, it is the case, that any sufficiently high intelligence is indistinguishable from stupidity. That is not anyone's fault. It is just the unconnected mess that's left when one can't make the connections. How is anyone to distinguish that from being offered an already unconnected mess? That's impossible! So don't blame people for giving it low ratings. In their perceived reality, it is factually bad. And nobody is more right or wrong. And don't blame people for being pretentious and "artsy" about it. Those are very empathic people; and even if they may also not have understood it all, the emotional message overwhelmed them anyway.

If you are daring enough though, make sure you have the mind of a Sherlock Holmes, and the sensitivity of such an empath. And then open up. You must allow the movie to modulate your perception and your emotions. Like a hallucination with a clear mind.

If you succeeded, you will only know at the end. Remember Fight Club? It seemed like a rather depressing movie that doesn't have a lot of sense… until that hair-raising realization. It's like that. Only if you get that feeling… you will know which one when you get it… will you know the experience arrived in your mind.

Everything else, … frankly, … doesn't matter.

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P.S.: The split in reactions in the audience, some hating it and saying it "makes no sense", and some loving it and saying they get it, is extremely similar to what happened with Guy Richie's "Revolver". Here in Germany, it is a legend. A masterpiece. In the USA and UK, it is hated and called a "flop". … As I said: You pick your crowd. … But never ever underestimate your own mind. :)


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