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by Danny Baldwin

The visually meticulous introduction of The Sampler character in Shane Carruth's "Upstream Color," as he records sounds and mails the tapes for unclear reasons, raises far more questions than it answers. The film opts for visual poetry and delayed gratification over immediate narrative clarity, as the audience is forced to take in all the experiential elements of the film before all the narrative pieces come together in such a way that we understand exactly what is happening. As one can observe within the diegesis of this passage, sound effects play a pivotal role in the film.

Upstream Color (Carruth, 2013) — The Sampler

The Sampler character is introduced in "Upstream Color."

from Upstream Color (2013)
Creator: Shane Carruth
Distributor: erbp
Posted by Danny Baldwin
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