One reviewer famously said of Shane Carruth’s acclaimed 2004 time travel film, Primer, that “anybody who claims he fully understands what’s going on in Primer after seeing it just once is either a savant or a liar.”
Well, I’ve watched the new full trailer – plus two previously released teasers – for Carruth’s latest, Upstream Colour, a couple times now, and at this point here’s what I understand about what it’s going to be about:……..
Yeah, I got nothing.
A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.
If you’re feeling like you’ve just had a bad peyote trip, then don’t worry, you’re probably not alone. Luckily writer-director-actor-producer-composer-editor-cinematographer (yes, he does EVERYTHING) Carruth is here to sober you up a bit, as he spoke to the LA Times about this and other films he has in the pipeline, and they can now explain (using proper human words and sentences) a bit more about what the film is actually about.
“In the movie, a young woman (Amy Seimetz) is abducted and seemingly brainwashed via an organic material harvested from a specific flower. She later meets a man (Carruth) and after the two fall for each other, they come to realize he may also have been subjected to the same process.”
Now wasn’t that a whole lot easier? No need for brain aneurysms or anything.
Upstream Colour will have a limited international release on April 5, 2013