Kontroll (2003)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  20 November 2003 (Hungary)
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A tale about a strange young man, Bulcsú, the fellow inspectors on his team, all without exception likeable characters, a rival ticket inspection team, and racing along the tracks... And a tale about love.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sándor Csányi ...
Zoltán Mucsi ...
Csaba Pindroch ...
Sándor Badár ...
Zsolt Nagy ...
Eszter Balla ...
Bence Mátyássy ...
Gyalogkakukk (Bootsie)
Gyözö Szabó ...
Péter Scherer ...
Big Boss
László Nádasi ...
János Kulka ...
Enikõ Eszenyi ...
Drunken Woman
Zsolt László ...
K., Kripli (Nub)


Ghost trains and ghostly characters, figuratively speaking of course, are what run through the perpetual night of this underground metro system. Bulcsú's (Sándor Csányi) life that once was, on the surface, where the real people go home after work, who go to the movies or a fine restaurant is now replaced by the dark, cold and solitude arena of his new dwellings. He, and his motley crew of ragtag metro ticket Kontrollers must patrol the trains that run these City dwellers back and forth and with daily ritual, check that no one dare come down into their world for a free ride. With indifferent passengers, a possible love interest, a regime set on competition and to top it all a mysterious serial killer at large, Kontroll is a dark and bleak comedy of the world of the ticket inspector, who, in the end must keep this Metro system running. If not, what would be the worst that could happen, if they ever lost control? Dare you ride here for free, too? Written by Cinema_Fan

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Plot Keywords:

train | ticket | love | dare | running | See All (188) »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 November 2003 (Hungary)  »

Also Known As:

Control  »

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Box Office


HUF 100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,098 (USA) (1 April 2005)


$235,364 (USA) (26 August 2005)

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Technical Specs


(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was shot for five hours every night when the subway system had shut down. See more »


At the end of the movie, when Bulcsú runs away from the man into the tunnel the train comes from left, but minutes later the a train comes from the right. See more »


Feri: Can I ask you something?
Bulcsú: Go ahead.
Feri: It's none of my business, if you don't want to talk about it, that's cool.
Bulcsú: No... no...
Feri: Your project... your work... There hasn't been anything close since then. I have all of it, I saved every scrap of paper...
Bulcsú: Why?
Feri: In case you came back. It would change things for sure, turn everything upside down... Why didn't you finish it?
Bulcsú: When for years you wake up to having to win every battle every day, to prove that you are the best at everything... I started to worry ...
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Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012) See more »

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Amazing. Too bad few people will see it
1 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is just an amazing and wonderful film. It's funny, romantic, creepy, exciting and thought provoking. Too bad this weekend people are lining up to see A Lot Like Love.

The photography is dazzling, the music heart pounding, the acting is masterful... It's been a while since i enjoyed a movie this much. Hope you get a chance to see this, you won't regret it.

The movie is a very strange and quirky dark tale of a bunch of outcasts that spend their time working as ticket inspectors in the subway, but their leader is a haunting and charming guy that is obviously dealing with his demons and has exiled himself to the subway. In his quest for finding life again, so much stuff happens. The story is beautiful, but pretty dark and creepy at times, and the romantic plot between him and the gorgeous teddy bear girl in which both share their "outcastness" is perfect.

Please go see this, you deserve it.

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