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'Upstream Color' Trailer: 'Primer' Guy's Next Looks Appropriately Confounding


The official Sundance description of Shane Carruth's long-awaited Primer follow-up, Upstream Color, explains the film in only the most obtuse terms, saying, "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." As one of you pointed out, that is not so much a plot synopsis; it's the voiceover for an '80s Calvin Klein ad.

This first teaser for the film won't really clear up a lot of that description, but it does give us some new things to ponder. Things like: plasma for a head; headphones; doing that outstretched, open palm walking typically reserved for dreamily brushing over a wheat field; flowers; swimming; guns; an MRI; knives; pigs; mushy lifeforms; disposable straws; and felling a tree. So there you go. It's a modernized George Washington biopic.

  • January 15, 2013
    The trailers for Primer director Shane Carruth's Upstream Color have thus far been beautiful to look at but pretty much impenetrable when it comes to whatever the film's seemingly-tense plot might be. This marketing approach has done enough to suitably intrigue those of us alre... / Continue →
  • December 13, 2012
    A timely reminder that not all films can be summarized as simply as "robot punch monster yay," here's the latest trailer for Upstream Color, Shane Carruth's long-awaited follow-up to Primer. As with the last trailer, the plot isn't exactly spelled out here--and it's not really ... / Continue →
  • November 29, 2012
    Hey, remember Shane Carruth? After delivering arguably the most thoughtful if obtuse time travel movie to date with 2004's Primer, the writer/director/producer/editor/actor/composer abruptly stopped doing all those things, presumably to give everyone some time to digest what ex... / Continue →
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