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Unrated (adult themes); 96 min.
Shane Carruth's much anticipated follow-up to his 2003 sci-fi brain-tease Primer is equally obtuse but in a different way. The story of two lost souls who find each other -- after being the subjects of some odd chemical experiment -- plays less like a filmic narrative and more like a dream.
It's a dream that's beautifully shot and scored (Carruth did the cinematography and the music) in a way that's chillingly minimalist yet rhapsodically gorgeous. He also makes Dallas (which is never identified) look like an intriguingly urban yet forbidding landscape.
Upstream Color is best appreciated in its entirety as an experience -- don't even try to pick apart the plot -- or else you may be left struggling against Carruth's powerful current.