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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Amy Seimetz
Andrew Sensenig
Shane Carruth
Thiago Martins
Directors
Shane Carruth
Screenwriters
Shane Carruth
Running Time
96 minutes

Upstream Colour
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Plot
Kris (Seimetz) is attacked by a thief (Martins), who makes her eat a grub which affects her mind so she empties her accounts for him then forgets about it. The Sampler (Sensenig) harvests the grub, and transplants it into a pig... Kris meets Jeff (Carruth), another victim. They join forces to find out what’s going on.


Verdict
How to sum up? You have to make synapse-spark connections, interpret events to your own satisfaction, pick up visual cues (a long stretch of the film is dialogue-free) and be happy with not knowing all the answers (you know, like in life — but not in most motion pictures). A perfectly judged, strikingly beautiful film, but also a lunatic enterprise which invites — even welcomes — befuddlement as much as wonder. A true original.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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