Upstream Colour

Upstream Colour
  • 2013
  • US
  • 1h 36min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Shane Carruth
  • Cast: Amy Seimetz, Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig
  • UK release: 30 August 2013

A woman is kidnapped, operated on and then released, whereupon she meets a man who may have been subject to the same treatment. Writer/director/actor Shane Carruth's follow-up to Primer is a baffling slice of sci-fi.

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Upstream Color

A uniquely nightmarish cinematic journey.

An office worker (Amy Seimetz) is kidnapped, drugged, subjected to a strange operation, and released. As her psyche unravels, she bonds with a former stockbroker (Shane Carruth) who may have been a victim of the same experience, and the two try to find out what has happened to them. A dizzying cascade of images, some menacing, some beautiful, mark this sci-fi thriller, one of the most talked-about American independent films of recent years.

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Reviews & features

Upstream Colour: what on earth does it mean?

28 Aug 2013

Shane Carruth's alluring and enigmatic drama is pondered by three List film critics

Eddie Harrison says it's about self-actualisation and identity, Niki Boyle thinks it's a meditation on whether humanity needs an indifferent God, while Gail Tolley reckons looking for meaning is missing the point.

Upstream Colour

20 Jun 20134 stars

Primer director Shane Carruth delivers a compelling, beautiful and well-nigh impenetrable drama

‘I was born with a disfigurement where my head is made of the same material as the sun,’ unhelpfully explains a mysterious character in writer/director Shane Carruth’s highly anticipated follow-up to his much discussed indie sci-fi time travel puzzler…

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013: the best thrillers

18 Jun 2013

Magic Magic, Upstream Color and Il Futuro among our top picks for festival thrills

Magic Magic Director Sebastian Silva returns for his fifth feature film with Magic Magic, a psychological thriller set in his native land of Chile. All the elements for a gripping film are aligned: a young shy foreign woman sets out to spend holidays in…

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013: the breakout contenders

18 Jun 2013

Stories We Tell, Jiseul and Upstream Color are likely to be the runaway successes of EIFF 2013

Stories We Tell Sarah Polley’s first feature documentary has caught the eye of film critics after a warm reception at Sundance Festival. The multi-layered investigation of her mother Diane oscillates between home Super 8 footage, conflicting family…

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