'Upstream Color' Trailer: 'Primer' Guy's Next Looks Appropriately Confounding

December 5, 2012


The official Sundance description of Shane Carruth's long-awaited Primer follow-up, Upstream Color, explains the film in only the most obtuse terms, saying, "A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives." As one of you pointed out, that is not so much a plot synopsis; it's the voiceover for an '80s Calvin Klein ad.

This first teaser for the film won't really clear up a lot of that description, but it does give us some new things to ponder. Things like: plasma for a head; headphones; doing that outstretched, open palm walking typically reserved for dreamily brushing over a wheat field; flowers; swimming; guns; an MRI; knives; pigs; mushy lifeforms; disposable straws; and felling a tree. So there you go. It's a modernized George Washington biopic.

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