The work of a genius, brilliant, mind-blowing: there is no end to the praise in the reviews about Upstream Color (USA 2013). A film that through the images and music evokes feelings so poignantly that it seems to have been created for the right half of our brain. Age of Wonder is proud to present its Dutch premiere.
An exceptionally aesthetic, rhythmic and deeply sensual film that drags you right from the very first minute into a new world of sensory experiences. It begins with an exciting Sci-Fi concept in which small worms growing under certain flowers can be used to influence and manipulate people. Ultimately, the film gives a new twist to the inexplicability of attraction, identity and the invisible relationships (biological, spiritual, chemical?) that connect us.
This film is by the man who ten years ago as a software engineer and scientist took the world by surprise with his highly original debut Primer. A film that with its nerdy stream of words and cold scientific appearance seems to be made for the left half of our brain
From its exquisite, sun-streaked digital photography to its gleaming ambient score, both remarkably products of Carruth himself, this is a film of exceptional beauty. Though complexly devised, it moves with such elegance and effortlessness that the act of interpretation, even when seemingly needed, becomes secondary to luxuriating in the design. (Slant Magazine)
"Brilliant, bewildering sci-fi exploration of humanity's mysterious biological connections. (Ioncinema)
"Mind-blowing! Plunges audiences into a realm of unknown pleasures." (The Wall Street Journal)
"Another work of genius. One thing is certain: Shane Carruth's name is becoming synonymous with innovative concepts and ideas." (The London Film Review)
"The ultimate author film of the digital age, a liberating marriage of technology, talent and vision." (The Huffington Post)