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The story of a mysterious loner, a stranger in the process of completing a criminal job.

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Flight Attendant
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A solitary man who does not speak Spanish is an underground courier. Two men who are both thuggish and philosophical send him to Madrid with cryptic instructions. Over the course of a few days, he receives his instructions from a series of distinctive individuals who provide words of philosophy or of warning and also give him a matchbox with a tiny piece of paper, which he reads then eats, accompanied by espresso served in two cups. He is quiet, self-contained, focused on his work. He has rules. He encounters and at times transmits a violin, diamonds, a guitar, and a map. Is he a smuggler? Merely an independent conduit? Or, something else? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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For every way in, there is another way out.


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Rated R for graphic nudity and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 September 2009 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

No Limits No Control  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$55,820 (USA) (1 May 2009)

Gross:

$425,025 (USA) (26 June 2009)
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Trivia

Isaach De Bankolé exchanges matchboxes throughout the film with 'Le Boxeur' (The Boxer) written on them, the name of his character in his other film White Material (2009). See more »

Goofs

When the Lone Man travels from Madrid to Sevilla, he enters a S 100 AVE train set. But the interior shots are clearly done in a S 103 (Velaro E), a totally different - and much newer - type of train. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Creole: [character speaks in Spanish/French creole, English subtitles] You don't speak Spanish, right?
French: [character translates for Creole] You don't speak Spanish, right?
Creole: You are ready? Everything's cool?
French: You are ready? Everything's cool?
Lone Man: Yes!
Creole: Good.
French: Good.
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References Suspicion (1941) See more »

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Farewell
Written & Performed by Boris
Courtesy of Boris & Southern Lord Recordings
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Pure nonsense
28 February 2011 | by (The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I usually open my review with a short description of the plot, but since I couldn't really discern one in the Limits of Control, I'll just leave it at this. Besides not having a plot, the film (the term is used loosely here) offers very little else besides a test of one's patience. Perhaps that was really what this was all about. Actors deliver their lines, the camera records the images, it has some nudity (but so do porn flicks) and at some point the thing ended. We see basically one scene repeated over and over with slight variation and the way this repetition is screened reeked of amateurism and uncomfortable pretense. The only thing missing was a constantly flashing caption reading "THIS IS ART!" in every scene. It's hard to believe this was from the same director who gave us Ghost Dog.


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