Upstream Color (Film 101) at Real Art Ways

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Upstream Color (Film 101)

Film: 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.

Conversation: Digital tools have made it possible to build elaborate and exotic sound tracks even in low-budget, independent cinema. Like De Palma, Shane Carruth turns the focus on the sound recordist, immersing us in the strange bodily connections that sound makes possible. A return to the sonic romances of Signin’ or Roofs, but in the muted key of the Great Recession.

Directed by Shane Carruth
96 minutes
MPAA Rating - NR

Cinema Admission:
Real Art Ways Members: $5 | Senior & Student Members: $4.50
Regular Admission: $11 | Seniors (65+): $7 | Full-Time Students (With ID): $7

Real Art Ways's facilities are wheelchair accessible. Assisted listening devices are available at the café. 

"With its fragmentation and mysteries, “Upstream Color” offers itself up as a puzzle as well as a philosophical toy that you can spin and spin until the cafe closes and kicks you into the night."

New York Times

"Beautifully told, evoking both dreamlike horror and a kind of spiritual wonder."

The Washington Post

"Carruth's visual approach, saved from abstraction by his own rapid, forward-leaping editing, is extremely assured. Seimetz is a fine and expressively haunted actress. I look forward to the enigmas in Carruth's next picture."

Chicago Tribune

"Entranced by the disorienting editing, the oblique narrative, and the lulling soundtrack, I found that despite such questions, it all seems to make sense. It’s when the film is over that the real questioning begins."

Boston Globe