Grubs getting into bloodstreams. Humans developing personal affinities to pigs. Orchids growing from piglets’ corpses. Sound like the ingredients to a stellar sci-fi movie? They didn’t to me either, even after the first time I watched Upstream Color. I was intrigued enough though to see it a second time, to see if the obtuse plot made more sense with another viewing. Incredibly, after the second viewing, I was able to see past the plot’s ambiguous details. On the other side were wonderful performances and ethereal imagery centered around the idea that the reasons we feel connected to people or things are often unexplainable.
Quicker take: Grubs, pigs, and orchids, oh my!