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Kontroll -- A tale about a strange young man, Bulcs�, his fellow inspectors, who are all without exception likeable characters, a rival ticket inspection team, and racing along the tracks... And a tale about love.

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Director:
Writers:
Jim Adler (writer)
Nimród Antal (writer)
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Release Date:
20 November 2003 (Hungary) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Murder. Mystery. Romance. Just another ride on the subway. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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19 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Bulcsú's past See more (129 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Sándor Csányi ... Bulcsú
Zoltán Mucsi ... Professor
Csaba Pindroch ... Muki
Sándor Badár ... Lecsó
Zsolt Nagy ... Tibi
Eszter Balla ... Szofi

Lajos Kovács ... 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)
Balázs Mihályfi ... Gonzó
Károly Horváth ... Tamás
László Bicskei Kiss ... Doki (as László Bicskei Kis)
József Tóth ... Róbert
Balázs Lázár ... Nagydarab
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Éva Bacsa
Béla Barabás
Krisztián Berg
Péter Bergendy ... Cameo
László Bolyki (as Bolyki László 'Zsiráf')
Tamás Buvári ... Cameo
Marcell Bálint
Zsolt Bánki
Zsóka Békefy
Dávid Csobai
Zsolt Czakó
Gábor Czibere
Alpár Cziglényi
János Derzsi ... Last Passenger
András Fésös ... Cameo
Péter Galambos
Gábor Gallyas
János Greifenstein ... Stutterer

Imola Gáspár ... Metróellenõr
Andrew Hefler ... Junkie (as Andrew Heffler)
Zoltán Hoffmeister
Ákos Horváth ... Passenger
Margó Kasza
Heléna Kiss
Péter Kiss
Veronika Klement
Babett Köllõ
Ernõ Köves
Hunor Michálik
Milan Mikulcík ... Cameo
Tamás Molnár
Sándor Mucsi
Szabolcs Máté
László Mészáros
Adrienn Nador (as Nádor Adrienn)
Imre Nagy
Szilvia Nemesdédi
Árpád Nick ... Cameo
Márton Nyitrai ... Cameo
Edit Orbán
Béla Paczolay ... Cameo
Tamás Pintér ... Cameo
Imréné Pocz Nagy
Ilona Psota ... Old Lady (Witch)
Gábor Rohonyi ... Cameo
Róbert Sarkady
Géza Schramek
Zsolt Szentiványi
Csaba Sárvári
Zoltán Sárvári
Andrea Takáts
Gergely Tapolczai
Abe Tetsushi
Levente Törköly ... Gay Man
Veronika Varjasi
Zsolt Venczel
Miklós Viola
Zoltán Viola
Tibor Viszkó
Melinda Völgyi ... Woman with Big Breasts

Gábor Herendi ... Paramedic (uncredited)
Livius Varga ... Passenger (uncredited)

Directed by
Nimród Antal 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jim Adler  writer
Nimród Antal  writer

Produced by
Tamás Hutlassa .... producer
 
Original Music by
Neo 
 
Cinematography by
Gyula Pados 
 
Film Editing by
István Király 
 
Casting by
Szilvia Nemesdédi 
Veronika Varjasi 
 
Production Design by
Balázs Hujber 
 
Costume Design by
János Breckl 
 
Makeup Department
Ernella Hortobágyi .... makeup artist
Brigitta Szabó .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Károly Fehér .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
László Janicsek .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Victor Barabás .... construction crew
Béla Blazsej .... set dresser
Attila Budavári .... construction manager
Antal Lakatos .... construction crew
Tamás Tamási .... props
Péter Újvári .... props
 
Sound Department
Csaba Erös .... boom operator
Gábor ifj. Erdélyi .... sound editor
Gábor ifj. Erdélyi .... sound effects editor
Micki Joanni .... synchron editor
Róbert Juhász .... sound
Attila Madaras .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Ferenc Deák .... special effects supervisor
Szilard Gergely .... special effects technician
Endre Korda .... workshop supervisor
Attila Török .... pyrotechnician
Ferenc Török .... pyrotechnics supervisor
 
Stunts
Balázs Farkas .... stunts
Zoltán Gulyás Kiss .... stunt coordinator
László Kósa .... stunts
Gábor Pesta .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Károly Brauner .... key grip
István Faragó .... electrician
Tibor Fazekas .... electrician
Elek Hornyák .... electrician
Tamás Jánossa .... loader
Zoltán Jánossa .... assistant camera
András Khin .... Steadicam operator
Ádám Kliegl .... first assistant a camera
József Marton .... gaffer
József Simon .... electrician
Adrienn Szabó .... still photographer
Zsolt Éliás .... video technician
István Õsz .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Éva Csele .... wardrobe assistant
Mari Havasi .... wardrobe assistant (as Havasi Mária)
 
Editorial Department
Baba Deimanik .... color timer (as Tamásné Deimanik)
Gyöngyi Féjja .... negative cutter
 
Other crew
Balázs Ari .... associate
Tamás Guba .... location manager
Krisztina Kelemen .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Control" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language, some violence and brief sexuality
Runtime:
Hungary:105 min | Germany:111 min | Argentina:107 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Gábor Piroch, the famous Hungarian stuntman, left the Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) production for two days to help with this Hungarian production.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The drunken woman on the escalator at the beginning of the film is wearing a belt which moves around between shots.See more »
Quotes:
K., Kripli:The second our train pulled out, they jumped onto the tracks and started to run after us. It's not easy because the ground is covered with tubes and cables and the tracks are there, too. Your lungs fill with graphite powder and you can't breathe. The problem is the next train.
Tibi:Wait, wait, wait... This IS the last train.
K., Kripli:The last passenger train. We still have the midnight express behind us.
Tibi:The midnight express? What's that?
K., Kripli:It's the real last train. It's the last train that heads back to the depot.
[...]
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Movie Connections:
References Alien³ (1992)See more »

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47 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
Bulcsú's past, 17 February 2007
Author: Camera Obscura from The Dutch Mountains

CONTROL (Nimród Antal - Hungary 2003).

The film opens with a prologue featuring a real-life Budapest metro official declaring this film is in no way representative of Budapest's underground system, but nevertheless he's in full support (!) of this feature. Probably enscenated by the director, or he must be one hell of a charming fellow to convince the underground authorities in Budapest to allow this kind of endorsement.

This is a smart film. A cynical blender of genres and styles, completely in tune with the 21th century world of chaos, anarchy, despair and poverty we live in. It's a modern language. If this was American, it would define a generation. I'm positive it had this effect on many young Hungarians.

We have a closely confined space here: The Budapest underground rail system. Bulcsú, our main protagonist, is a controller in the Budapest metro. That's his job, leading a motley bunch of rival ticket inspectors. The film never comes above ground. Bulcsú never even leaves the system. He sleeps on the platforms, all he seems to eat or drink is coffee from the machines on the platforms. God knows what he lives on.

The crucial part is in the second half when Bulcsú meets an acquaintance of him on the platform, an middle-aged man who seems like a former professor of him or some kind of mentor. He is clearly embarrassed to run into him in the state he's in. What is it he's hiding from? He seems a well-educated young man. His acquaintance speaks of the promising young Bulcsú. Was he a promising scientist? What was his life like prior to the hellish job he does now? The rest, the extremely aggressive and unwilling passengers, rivalry among colleague ticket inspectors, even a shadowy serial killer who pushes unsuspecting travelers before trains, it's all a sideshow, but a brilliant one. The perfect backdrop for his troubled existence.

Sándor Csányi gives a brilliantly understated performance, perfectly in tune with the daylight-ridden world he lives in.

The silent scene where Bulcsú sits on a large ventilator shaft, echos Ridley Scott, a kind of existential ALIEN-film. Long tracking shots, a neon-lit world, an energetic techno-driven soundtrack. One can argue about the choice of music, the moral stance of the incredibly aggressive passengers but all is perfectly on par with the director's visual ideas. This director is in total control and knows how to express his ideas on film.

Very impressive, make sure you see this.

A small side-note: Nimród Antal, who grew up in LA, is currently finishing his latest film VACANCY, starring Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson, scheduled for US release on 20 April 2007 and, I can hardly believe it, a cinematic release in the Netherlands as well, scheduled for 19 July 2007). I expect the worst and hope for the best.

Camera Obscura --- 10/10

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