Sundance review: "Upstream Color"

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"Upstream Color"

U.S. Dramatic

**** (four stars)

Telling you too much about Shane Carruth's surreal science-fiction trip would be unfair, not to mention quite difficult because so much is packed into it. The main story focuses on Kris (Amy Seimetz), who has to rebuild her life from scratch after an encounter with an unusual kind of identity thief (Thiago Martins) who uses mind-controlling grubs. Kris meets, in what seems like pre-destined romance, Jeff (played by Carruth), a hotel accountant who similarly had to start over in life. What they have to do with a pen full of pigs, and with a mysterious man (Andrew Sensenig) who tends to the pigs and collects audio samples, is something I'll leave for you to discover. Know that Carruth — a one-man band who wrote, directed, produced, co-edited, photographed and wrote music for the film — creates an evocative movie, lyrical in its composition and pacing, that will have you thinking long after its over.

— Sean P. Means

"Upstream Color" screens again: Wednesday, noon, Sundance screening room, Sundance resort; Thursday, 2:30 p.m., Prospector Square Theatre, Park City; Friday, 6 p.m., Tower Theatre; Saturday, 2:30 p.m., Library Center Theatre, Park City.