Upstream Color 3.0 stars

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A pretty and romantic horror film. A woman is force fed a worm that renders her completely suggestible. If her captor tells her that water is the most delicious thing on earth, then it is. If he tells her she needs money to ransom her kidnapped mother, then she does. The violation of her body is nothing compared to the violation of her self. Eventually, she is released, but she isn't free - and she isn't alone. Writer-director Shane Carruth, of Primer fame, brings a sure hand to a slippery story. Sometimes, he'll leave gaps in the narrative; other times, he'll tread the same ground again and again. Sometimes, he'll jump around in time; other times, in space. At no point does he give the impression that he owes the viewer any explanation beyond what's given. He saves the sympathy for his characters. It's disorienting, but not off-putting. 2013.

Matthew Lickona

This movie is not currently in theaters.


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