‘Upstream Color’ Trailer: ‘Primer’ Director’s New Film Looks Intriguing & Very Confusing

Published 2 years ago by , Updated January 23rd, 2013 at 6:39 am,

Upstream Color is the new film from Shane Carruth, the man who wrote and directed (and starred in) what is arguably the most mind-bending time-travel film ever, Primer. (Seriously if you need to have Looper explained to you in detail, you’ll need a whole college course on Primer.)

Watch the trailer for Upstream Color above, and see if you can get an understanding of the story. If not, fear not: there’s an official synopsis for the movie below. But then again, that might not be much help, either…

Ready for the official description of what that footage was all about?

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.

That should just about explain things…

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Like Terrence Malick’s Tree of LifeUpstream Color seems to be a film of beautiful imagery, set within a story whose uncompromising thematic/symbolic complexity will likely perplex most casual moviegoers. Still, Primer has gone on to become a sci-fi cult-classic, and Upstream Color is primed (pun intended) for a big showing at Sundance 2013, which kicks off on Jan. 21st.

THR reports that the current planned roll-out for the film is as follows: 

  • NYC at the IFC Center on 4/15/13.
  • Wider major city expansion in the following weeks.
  • Digital Download / Video On Demand / Netflix release in May.
  • DVD/Blu-ray release to coincide with digital release.


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To indie film and Primer fans – we hope you’re excited to see what Carruth has done next. For those of you who view that trailer and are left a little intrigued and a LOT of confused; we know how you feel.

Upstream Color is set for a limited theatrical release April 5th, 2013.

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  1. what is this, i don’t even….

  2. so………. it’s a movie about emo, pig farmers. Okay… o.O

  3. Thank God for that digital release.

    I loved Primer, so I’m definitely excited for this, and since it’ll never come to any of my theaters, I’m relieved it has a Netflix release on its schedule.

  4. Oh my god, an intelligent movie with actors. Well……Let the hate begin.

  5. Wow…

    I really enjoyed Primer. This is something else, and I can’t wait to watch it.

  6. Great news. Primer was a magnificent achievement and I’m so pleased Shane Carruth has managed to finally get something else off the ground. It’s been a LONG wait for this.

  7. This movie was heard about a lot in Dallas when they were shooting. Apparently total nightmare with many cast and crew breakdowns. Screwing over local vendors and locations. And a lot of animal cruelty.

    • If that’s true, why is there not a single piece of information on the web about it? Sounds like a complete fabrication.