Kris 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. Director/Writer/Actor Shane Carruth stops by Film School to talk about his “heart-stoppingly” beautiful film mediation.
“With its densely layered, thematically rich storytelling, Upstream Color is in part about the mutual psychosis that can be an essential part of romance, the agreement of a shared madness. It’s intense and hypnotically powerful, and a more intimate and moving film than Primer. Color is somehow at once emotionally direct, while narratively abstract.” – Mark Olsen, LA Times
“…having the movie wash over me was one of the most transcendent experiences of my movie going life. It’s utterly perplexing, and heart-stoppingly beautiful, quite literally overwhelming.” – Sam Adams, A. V. Club