Upstream Color

  • 12
  • Shane Carruth (2013)
  • US
  • 96 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

The second feature from Shane Carruth, the director of Primer, is an abstract, experimental science-fiction thriller shot in a spare, stark style that will get under your skin, one way or another. It hinges on a mysterious figure (Thiego Martins) who infects a young woman (Amy Seimetz) with a parasitic worm that makes her susceptible to a form of hypnosis, and while she is in this state he steals all her life savings. Carruth, who directed, wrote, produced, scored and co-edited the film, also takes the role of her husband who tries to help her unravel what is happening to her. The story is unclear and yet it isn't illogical. Carruth relies on deft edits and heavy sound design to stir emotion and create tension, but in the end, he doesn't offer any answers to the questions raised. Oddly beguiling, sometimes beautiful and always enigmatic, this independent production was a hit at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, but it will divide viewers.

Plot Summary

A woman is kidnapped by a thief, who uses a drug to brainwash her so she will obey his every command. She recovers from the experience and later forms a relationship with a man who has suffered similar experiences. Together they try to piece together the truth about what was done to them and how. Sci-fi drama, directed by and starring Shane Carruth, with Amy Seimetz.

Cast and crew

Cast

Kris
Amy Seimetz
Jeff
Shane Carruth
The Sampler
Andrew Sensenig
Thief
Thiago Martins
Orchid Mother
Kathy Carruth
Orchid Daughter
Meredith Burke
Peter
Andreon Watson
Lucas
Ashton Miramontes
Monty
Myles McGee

Crew

Director
Shane Carruth

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Metrodome
Guidance: 
A sex scene, some swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 30 Aug 2013
Certificate 12
Categories
Drama