AUSTIN Coming after the cliches of opening night films The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and the Evil Dead remake, seeing Shane Carruth's complex, baffling dreamscape of a film Upstream Color was something akin to sweet relief. He directs, writes, stars in this odd love story and composed the haunting score, making him a one-man army of mad cinematic skills. That the North Texas-based director makes Dallas seem like some sort of mysterious, nameless urban presence only makes it all the more fascinating.
In the world of the arthouse film, this could be one of the more talked-about films of 2013. As with the work of another idiosyncratic Texas-based director, Terrence Malick, people are going to love or hate it. There will be no in-between.