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The Limits of Control (2009)

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

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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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19 September 2009 (Japan)  »

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No Limits No Control  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$55,820 (USA) (3 May 2009)

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$425,025 (USA) (28 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 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 »

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[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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"NO LIMITS NO CONTROL" at the end of the closing credits See more »

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References The Lady from Shanghai (1947) See more »

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Daft Punk Is Playing at My House
Written by James Murphy
Performed by LCD Soundsystem
Courtesy of DFA Records under exclusive license to Capitol Records
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Slow pacing and unconventional movie-making at it's best.
2 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie had a great buildup to a massive letdown. The whole movie although painfully slow at times did a great job leading to it's conclusion, but the conclusion just didn't deliver. I'm not real sure about the moral degradation that this film portrays as an enlightening revolution, but the acting is good enough to pass. I enjoyed Dead Man a lot more and Jarmusch may have taken the slow pace and limited dialogue a tad too far in this film. The character interaction is interesting, but always one sided and unfulfilled, maybe that was the point. Overall, and interesting but flawed movie. Under careful scrutiny this is a carefully laid out plot that just doesn't live up to the expectation.


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