“Upstream Color”, de Shane Carruth

JEREMY OCELOT |

Amor, simbiosis, creación/creador, causalidad… son acaso los paradigmas predominantes en el fascinante ensayo fílmico de Shane Carruth, Upstream Color (Estados Unidos, 2013). Segundo largometraje de un matemático convertido en cineasta, donde hay cabida para cerdos, parásitos, un granjero, y Jeff y Kris, protagonistas del relato. No sólo se erige como una película mucho más compleja y menos complicada (aunque no tanto) que su anterior trabajo, Primer (Estados Unidos, 2004), sino más ambiciosa en sus pretensiones, y más bondadosa en sus recompensas; un filme hipnótico, a veces confuso, incluso frustrante, pero siempre fascinante.

Con apenas dos filmes, Carruth parece haber dominado el lenguaje cinematográfico, tanto que por momentos pareciera el heredero científico de Terrence Malick. El montaje y el encuadre se asemejan a los usados en The Tree of Life (Estados Unidos, 2011), más cuando se observan las elipsis sobre un mismo instante desde distintas perspectivas, la fotografía más bien poética donde la imagen insinúa bellamente, y un discurso que recuerda, incluso, a la penúltima obra del director de Badlands (Estados Unidos, 1973) por su metafísica (aunque mucho menos dogmática) naturaleza.

Sin embargo, la aproximación de Carruth es casi clínica. Hay en ella una limpieza, una pulcritud en cada fotograma, un minimalismo evidentemente premeditado, tan calculado en su composición, que terminan ellos por revelar el carácter científico de su autor, donde no hay cabida a la equivocación. Este mismo sentido de precisión, se ve reforzado por el hecho de que todo alrededor de la película fue controlado por el mismo Carruth, desde su financiamiento, hasta la hechura del guión, la ejecución direccional y de interpretación, el manejo de cámara y la edición.

La manera en que se encuentra estructurado el relato-ensayo es bastante interesante, con un inicio que apunta a una historia de misterio/suspenso con toques de ciencia ficción, para dar paso a un segundo acto de alegorías románticas sobre la simbiosis de pareja y el amor como experiencia compartida, que se sincretizan de manera bastante orgánica en un tercer acto que da pie a disertaciones sobre el origen y la creación del individuo, no como proceso único sino como uno constante y repetitivo; y al vínculo existente entre seres vivos en un todo complejo.

El autor plantea la hipótesis de un vínculo psíquico-orgánico siempre presente, entre el creador y su creación; representado de manera visual con las yuxtaposiciones de planos aparentemente inconexos y disonantes, para dar paso a un tercer plano producto de la combinación de ambos, donde los personajes comparten una experiencia múltiple. Donde las más de las veces Kris y Jeff fluctúan de creadores a creaciones, dependiendo el ser con el que estén compartiendo la vivencia.

Hay cierto carácter ominoso en el tono de la cinta, especialmente en lo que respecta a la causalidad inherente al acercamiento romántico que viven los protagonistas. Y es que para Carruth el amor no es una casualidad, una simple treta del destino. El amor puede tener su  causa en las experiencias más traumáticas y aterradoras, presentando una inteligente paradoja donde algo hermoso puede ser consecuencia de, o mejor dicho tener su origen en, lo más terrible.

El amor, siguiendo a Carruth, es un camino plagado de dudas, incertidumbre y dolor; de heridas compartidas (en más de un sentido). El director se aleja de esta concepción del amor como un principio o un final, y la establece como punto intermedio (en más de un sentido) en la vida de estos personajes, pues incluso narrativamente se presenta de esa manera; suceso a partir del cual se construye una experiencia complementaria entre aquellos que se han encontrado, con sutiles reminiscencias a El banquete de Platón.

En realidad la última obra de Carruth no es tan complicada ni tan difícil de seguir en su estructura narrativa, pues se presenta de forma lineal. Lo interesante recae en los huecos que va dejando Carruth a lo largo del filme, y las pistas y la forma en que (se nos) presenta(n) las mismas, artimaña intencional para compartir la experiencia de Kris y Jeff de desorientación. Esto último le da un toque bastante didáctico al largometraje, se nos van dejando piezas, ya sean en forma de sonidos, diálogos o imágenes, para que junto con los protagonistas armemos el rompecabezas.

El director logra crear encuadres extremadamente hermosos a partir de elementos disonantes y tan atípicos como el filme mismo, que aunados al cautivador diseño de sonido (del propio director), terminan por intrigarlo a uno. Basta con remarcar la secuencia en donde aparecen cerdos en su cerco en medio del lodo, acompañados de humanos semidesnudos recién hecho el amor; extraña en sí, pero muy hermosa.

La anterior descripción termina de demostrar porque es inútil pensar, explicar de qué va la trama de Upstream Color, que recibe su nombre de una de las secuencias más bellas de la película, donde se ve precisamente al color azul ir corriente arriba. El filme es uno que se enfoca tanto en el aspecto emocional como biológico de los seres que explora, en las texturas, en los colores de los mismos, como parte de una experiencia infinita. Un filme que explora posibilidades, pero posibilidades muy particulares nacidas de las inquietudes de Carruth, por esto mismo hay un latente (¿frustrante?) ostracismo en toda la experiencia, una experiencia personal que Carruth decidió compartir con la audiencia.

| RMM | JO | @JeremyBelmondo |

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