#110 Upstream Color (2013) Dir. Shane Carruth
i really love Carruth’s first movie Primer, it’s one of the most original and distinctive debut’s ever made and Upstream Color is the perfect follow up to the promise of that film. It is a elusive and visually poetic, a hallucinogenic love story peppered with science fiction. The film is presented in a very abstract way but it is by no means a difficult watch. I enjoyed it’s dependence on imagery and sound rather than dialogue and connections are made through intercutting rather than interaction and from that stand point it’s structure is truly fascinating. This is a singular and touching film that provokes emotion out of you even though you may not be able to pin-point exactly why. It’s characters are symbols and it’s themes are front and centre. It’s not laid out for you nice and clean but what else have we come to expect from the director of Primer? I didn’t exactly flip-out over this movie like many people have done but it’s certainly left an impression on me and the craft behind it is remarkable. Can’t wait to get lost in it all over again.