20th Titanic International Filmfestival

Upstream Color

USA, 2012
Directed by:

Upstream Color
USA, 2012

Dir.: Shane Carruth
Prod.: Shane Carruth, Casey Gooden, Ben LeClair
Scr.: Shane Carruth
Phot.: Shane Carruth
Ed.: David Lowery, Shane Carruth
Music: Shane Carruth
Cast: Amy Seimetz, Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig, Thiago Martins
Distributor: Visit Films
96 mins

In this surreal romantic-thriller that evokes the visual and acoustic stylings of Stanley Kubrick, a woman named Kris is abducted by thieves and implanted with a parasite that places her in a state of almost hypnotic compliance. When she recovers, with no real memory of what occurred, her life collapses. Until she meets Jeff, who’s drawn to her for some reason he can’t explain. Together, they try to piece together their lives even as the universe seems to be conspiring against them.

Carruth on Upstream Color: „The first third is almost a conventional thriller, then the middle third sort of takes a left turn, when it gets into the implications of what we’ve seen of a relationship on a more intimate level and a more psychological level. It becomes very lyrical and experiential. And then the last third, everything reduces. We’re in a sparse white room, we’re in a pool, we’re not even saying words, we’re quoting lines from Walden.”



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