THE ENTIRE FILM
Film: Upstream Color
What happens? So there’s a grub, and people dig it up and put it in a pill? Anyone who takes the pill becomes utterly obedient and might sign over their entire life, until the grub (now a worm) is dug out of their body and implanted into a pig? Later, a woman who was given this pill and lost everything meets a man who’s been through the same experience, and they find the pig farmer? There are also some blue flowers by a river that seem to be part of the drug’s cycle. And… stuff?
WTF? Darned if we know. The idea of casting something out of a human and into a pig seems Biblical, but the whole film focuses more on the life cycle of this mysterious, will-sapping drug and how it might be disrupted, while also offering a sort of love story between damaged people. In any case, this is the sort of film you’re supposed to argue about afterwards, so let’s chalk up our lack of understanding as a success for writer / director / star / producer / composer / editor Shane Carruth (who you can listen to on the Empire Podcast here), and note that we loved the film anyway.
The lesson: Don’t do drugs? Or do. We’re not sure.
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