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Kontroll (2003)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sándor Csányi ...
Bulcsú
Zoltán Mucsi ...
Professor
Csaba Pindroch ...
Muki
Sándor Badár ...
Lecsó
Zsolt Nagy ...
Tibi
Eszter Balla ...
Szofi
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Béla
Bence Mátyássy ...
Gyalogkakukk (Bootsie)
Gyözö Szabó ...
Shadow
Péter Scherer ...
Chief
György Cserhalmi ...
Big Boss
László Nádasi ...
Laci
János Kulka ...
Feri
Enikö Eszenyi ...
Drunken Woman
Zsolt László ...
K., Kripli (Nub)
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Storyline

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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Murder. Mystery. Romance. Just another ride on the subway. See more »


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)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

HUF 100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$235,364 (USA) (26 August 2005)
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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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Shot over a period of 40 nights. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

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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Weird and whacky, don't take your granny
19 August 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Weird, whacky, amusing, unsettling with a thumpingly good soundtrack, Kontroll is a funky cult-style adventure in the Budapest subway system, the scarily unbalanced but mostly good-hearted (and fictitious) ticket inspectors, their adversaries, games of dare, the weirdos that play games of evasion, a gorgeous woman dressed in a teddy bear suit and so many other out-there and unpredictable aspects that you never know whether a seen will make you laugh or jump. Not for the very squeamish. The movie is perhaps slightly longer than it needs to be, but the aesthetic ending more than makes up for the sometimes dissipated storyline. The ingenious lighting and costumes, and the sheer audacity of the script and execution shriek of great things to come from this director.


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