Upstream Colour Tuesday, 07 April 2020

Upstream Colour

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes.

  • The pitch:

    Piggy in the middle.

  • Starring:

    Amy Seimetz, Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig, Thiago Martins, Kathy Carruth, Meredith Burke

  • Directed by:

    Shane Carruth

  • Running time:

    96 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12 (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A woman is tasered (implied), drugged, mind-controlled. A woman stabs herself repeatedly, punches a window; a man is shot. An animal is sedated, operated on, implanted, tagged, restraine. A bag filled with baby animals is thrown in a river. Men wrestle, boys playfight. Approaching armies, kidnapped mother, ransom, near-drowned mentioned. Blood/gore: Worm creatures are shown inside human veins, moving beneath skin. Dripping blood, bloody wounds, bloody hands, blood on objects, bloody scratch. Blood tranfusion seen. Operation seen on monitors (obscured vision). Dead animal.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Couple seen beneath sheets. Kissing, dressing, flirting. Shirtless man, swimwear. Infidelity (mentioned).

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    A man manufactures an unidentified drug. People are drugged unknowingly. Prescription medication seen. Illegal substances, alcoholism, junkie mentioned. Smoking. Alcohol (wine, spirits, shots).

  • LANGUAGE:

    S-words.

  • THEMES:

    Mind manipulation, auto-suggestion, hypnosis, Walden by Henry David Thoreau, transcendentalism, OCD, relationships, pig husbandry, interconnectivity, paranoia, audio sampling.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Hospital, ambulance, operating table settings. Job loss, loss of broker's licence, divorce, fraud, pregnancy mentioned. MRI, tumour, endemetrial cancer, infertility. Larvae (dead, alive, consumed), pigs (dead, alive), flocks of birds, bird poo (mentioned). Thunder, toilet.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Obtuse, unorthodox, abstract, hypnotic, lush, rhythmic, sensual, complex, elegant, metaphorical, allegorical. Good performances, un-nerving score, open-ended narrative.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Pretentious, self-serious.

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