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Excerpts from a Critic’s Screening Notes for UPSTREAM COLOR, Arranged as Free Verse

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by Nelson Kim
April 8, 2013 11:40 AM
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Warning: plot spoilers ahead.


“It won’t come out.”

Pig.

Tent.

Surgery. Pulling worm out, putting into pig.

Worms in dirt.

Pig tagged in ear.

Pig w/ other pigs.


***


Kissing in bed. He has scar on ankle.

Then they're lying naked in sheets in pig field

"Why do you live in hotels?"


***


Pregnancy is impossible

He finds her on street, she's incoherent

"I'm marrying you"

She insists on getting a car


***


Happy together

Telling stories about past—but whose memories are they?

New house

"I tell you a story, and you take it and make it your own"

His childhood trips to Vermont—

Memories jumbled

Piglets


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She's lost, he's driving, giving her directions to get out

"Why were you at my work?" "I didn't know I was"

They run home, looking for... what?

Crouched in the bathtub, afraid


***


She recites as he reads from WALDEN

"A sojourner in civilized life again"

"A universal and memorable ending"

Why WALDEN??

Rebirth: good or bad?


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Looking for more flowers, but finds only white ones

In greenhouse, the thief shakes his head "no," as if disappointed by plants

Kris w/ piglet, cradling it like a baby


Nelson Kim is a regular contributor to Hammer To Nail and an adjunct professor at Fordham and Columbia. He is currently in post-production on his first feature film, Someone Else, starring Aaron Yoo and Leonardo Nam.

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