A film that has been stuck in my head since I watched it a couple of days ago (Netflix) is Shane Carruth’s beautifully bizarre Upstream Color. Part science fiction, part subversive romance, the film follows the life of a woman after she is victimized by a mysterious man who feeds her a worm and strips away everything she owns. Shane Carruth plays her love interest who (spoiler alert!) is inextricably tied to her since he has suffered the same fate. Somehow, suckling pigs, a man who records sounds, orchids, and Thoreau all come together and create this eerie and wonderful spectacle.
It’s really hard to write or talk about the film without sounding ridiculous, but one review-analysis I really enjoyed was this one in the New Yorker, so read it if you’ve watched the film. I’ve also developed a huge crush on Shane Carruth and his view on narratives. (I have a major weakness for weirdos that live in their heads.)
"I don’t believe that narrative works when it’s trying to teach a lesson, or speak a factual truth. What it’s good for is, an exploration of something that’s commonplace and universal—maybe that’s where the truth comes from. If you can thoroughly explore some nuance and what’s universal about something, then that to me is what narrative is for."
- Carruth from this interview
Ugh. Take me.