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So this was one weird movie, but I think I liked it, I am still not quite sure. It was definitely a different movie experience and I appreciate that. Lately all the films seem to be very similar in their unoriginality, at least this movie was unique in its weird little way. The narrative is very open-ended and I bet a lot of people are not used to that. I was also not a fan at first, but as the film went on, I got to like it, it made me think and wonder and I don’t remember the last time I saw a film that made me do that. The film was very engaging and imaginative and I also thought it was absolutely beautiful. In the same time, it was very frustrating at times but I think it’s part of the film’s charm. Overall, I recommend seeing this film in the theaters, because it is original and engaging, and it makes you think.
A gorgeous love story unlike any other I have ever seen, Upstream Color makes you think and feel in ways that are both disturbing and compelling. It's the sad tale of a man and woman who both see each other on the train every morning. There seems to be a romantic attraction there, but then they also seem to know something about the other one and aren't letting on. Could it be that they are reincarnated? Could they have known each other in another life? It turns out that they both are survivors of an evil plot to test scientific experiments on human beings and their memories have been cleaned so they wouldn't know what happened. This, of course, devastated their lives and now they have only each other to try and understand what was done to them and how to come to terms with it. This is a confusing movie, and I won't pretend I understood it, but it's also one that I cannot stop thinking about.
There are two tragedies that occur in this movie - one is in the story, as it tells of the deep connection between two disturbed people who seem to have no reason for existing except to know the other's deepest, darkest secrets. Both of them have survived terrible, inhumane scientific experiments which left them tortured and in pain. Now that the knowledge is coming back, they are slowly begin to realize what was done to them in the name of profit. The other tragedy is that very few people will see this movie, while most moviegoers this weekend will go and see the rerelease of Jurassic Park and the remake of Evil Dead. Okay, both of those movies are decent, I admit, but why not go see something original? This movie - which is written and directed by the star - is so beautifully tragic that it will be a shame if no one ever hears of it outside the arthouse cinema circuit.
One of the most uniquely challenging and beautifully bizarre movies you are likely to ever see (and I mean ever), Upstream Color is the kind of cinema that the intellectual and avant garde cinephiles live for. It is Art House Cinema in all of its glory, but it isn’t pretentious about it, nor does it condescend to anyone who might dare to watch it. It is difficult and unglamorous and full of wonder – the way the best kinds of art usually are.
The plot is almost impossible to recap, so here instead is the film’s premise: two strangers – Kris and Jeff – see each other on the train every morning. There’s an immediate attraction between the two of them, but it goes beyond the romantic. They seem to know something about the other that they perhaps should not know.
It turns out that both of them were subject to scientific experiments earlier in their lives which destroyed them personally, professionally, and psychologically. They have spent the last few years wandering in and out of horrifying life chapters, only to be flung back into a world that would rather they didn’t exist. How they forge a bond and what that means for their broken identities is what the film is really about.
A lot of people will not be able to digest this film. It makes perfect sense without logic. But then, one has to wonder, is the logic behind the legal torture of human beings, be it in the name of science or safety. If Zero Dark Thirty can find an audience, then so should Upstream Color.
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