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Lambcast #188 Upstream Color

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Primer was released in 2004 and it’s safe to say that it didn’t exactly set the world on fire. When the receipts had all been counted, it had made a little less than half a million. The thing is, when your film costs $7,000 and makes that much (combined with the growing success of Netflix), people start to pay attention. Word of mouth spreads, talk of brilliance and complexity abounds, and the next thing you know, it’s nearly a decade later and director Shane Carruth has (outside of a consultant job on Looper) turned into a myth or legend almost as much as an auteur. But then…Upstream Color.

Shane Young chose Carruth’s latest as his choice for the MOTM, and managed to guide it to a polling victory in a squaker of a vote, with the top three films all finishing within a vote of each other.

Before we get to the links, here’s the IMDb summary for the film, for those that aren’t familiar with it:

“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.”

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