Since his debut feature, Primer, hit theaters eight years ago, Shane Carruth has been a quiet presence in the world of cinema– threatening to make new pictures, always backing away from them due to lack of funding. Turns out he’s been making a movie behind our backs: last week he announced that he’d be showing his next film, Upstream Color, at Sundance this January. Exciting! Of course, we’re talking about the man behind Primer, which is to say that the film we get will be complex, layered, and demanding. The trailer, which premiered today, seems to support this suspicion:
Honestly? I have no idea what to make of this. I think it looks bizarre, unique, and very, very interesting, but I can’t say much more about what we see here– particularly in light of how vague the below-produced synopsis is:
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. Cast: Amy Seimetz, Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig, Thiago Martins.
Color me intrigued. We’ll be waiting to see initial reactions to the film when it plays at Sundance in a month. What do the rest of you think? Is your ticket sold, or is Carruth’s brand of dense sci-fi not to your taste?