It’s hard to say how I felt about UPSTREAM COLOR, the new-ish film by Shane Carruth in which a woman pieces her life back together after, get this, being force fed a worm that allows a criminal to hypnotize her and steal her wealth and security. It also has a pig farmer/worm harvester who has a side business doing foley work for film and TV. If you’re like me, you’ll think he’s an allegory for God at some point. In fact, you’ll think everything is a something something for something else right up until you realize that it’s not. You’re meant to take pretty much everything at face value.
There’s an FAQ all about it here that explains the film’s complex systems that, somehow, I was not privy to as an actual viewer of said film. LOL. Some of these ideas you might be able to make a leap of faith to, but for the most part I’d say, they simply aren’t manifest in the film I watched.
Which is odd to say because on the one hand, the film was weirdly comprehensible. On the other, defiantly impenetrable. Most puzzling of all is a love story between two people I was convinced were really mental patients dreaming the whole thing up.
At least it was different and beautiful. Truth be told, isn’t something something a something something for something something after all?