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The Limits of Control -- The story of a mysterious loner (De Bankolé), a stranger, whose activities remain meticulously outside the law. He is in the process of completing a job, yet he trusts no one, and his objectives are not initially divulged.
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The Limits of Control -- The story of a mysterious loner (De Bankolé), a stranger, whose activities remain meticulously outside the law. He is in the process of completing a job, yet he trusts no one, and his objectives are not initially divulged.
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28 May 2009 (Germany) See more »
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The story of a mysterious loner, a stranger in the process of completing a criminal job. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Isaach De Bankolé ... The Lone Man
Alex Descas ... The Creole
Jean-François Stévenin ... The Frenchman

Óscar Jaenada ... The Waiter

Luis Tosar ... Man with Violin

Paz de la Huerta ... The Nude Woman

Tilda Swinton ... The Blonde

Yûki Kudô ... Molecules

John Hurt ... Man with Guitar

Gael García Bernal ... The Mexican

Hiam Abbass ... The Driver

Bill Murray ... The American
Héctor Colomé ... Second American
María Isasi ... Flamenco Club Waitress
Norma Yessenia Paladines ... Flight Attendant
Alejandro Muñoz Biggie ... Street Kid (as Alexander Muñoz Biggie)
Cristina Sierra Sánchez ... Street Kid
Pablo Lucas Ortega ... Street Kid
La Truco ... Flamenco Dancer
Talegón de Córdoba ... Flamenco Singer
Jorge Rodriguez Padilla ... Flamenco Guitarist
Jon Ánder Aguirrezábal (as Jon Ander Aguirrezabal)
Miguel Alcíbar (as Miguel Alcibar)
Francisco Álvarez de la Morena
Verónica Barberis
Santiago Bravo
Miguel Casas García
José Corbacho
Richard Diment
Ángel Dominguez Duran
Adolfina Escoriza Cano
Miguel Gabin Álvarez
Felipe García
Pablo García Lloret
Juan Carlos Garrido
Saskia Gonzalez
Dolores Jimenez (as Dolores Jiménez)
Mercedes Leoni
Jesús Losada Abadía
Rubén Quiñonez
Víctor Ariel Raigón
Ignacio Ramos
Ferran Rial (as Ferrán Rial)
Henar Sánchez
Victor Vaquero
Alba María Villaneva
Carlos Martorell Ypiens
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
María José Rodríguez ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jim Jarmusch 
Writing credits
Jim Jarmusch (written by)

Produced by
Jon Kilik .... executive producer
Carter Logan .... associate producer: PointBlank Films
Gretchen McGowan .... producer
Stacey E. Smith .... producer
Carlos Balsera .... junior assistant producer (uncredited)
Yukie Kito .... executive producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Christopher Doyle (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jay Rabinowitz 
Casting by
Ellen Lewis 
Production Design by
Eugenio Caballero 
Set Decoration by
Pilar Revuelta 
Costume Design by
Bina Daigeler 
Makeup Department
Ainhoa Eskisabel .... makeup artist (as Ainhoa Esquisabel)
Manolo García .... hair designer (as Manuel García)
Ana Lozano .... makeup designer
Eva Quilez .... body makeup artist
Production Management
Susan Lazarus .... post-production supervisor
Patricia Nieto .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cristina Amengual Watson .... trainee assistant director
Richard Diment .... second assistant director
Christopher Downs .... additional third assistant director
Adrian Grunberg .... first assistant director
Catalina Parra .... third assistant director
Ferran Rial .... second second assistant director
Andrea Vázquez .... third assistant director
Art Department
Juan José Alcalde .... carpenter
Francisco Artero .... carpenter
Leon Bigiu .... carpenter
Savin Borgovan .... carpenter
Clara Cardona .... art department trainee
Carlos Compadre .... carpenter
Fernando Contreras .... construction manager
Danut Corci .... carpenter
Federico del Cerro .... prop buyer
Emil Dragota .... plasterer
Rafael Esposito .... painter
Daniel García .... plasterer
Verónica García .... assistant scenic artist
José Alberto Guerrero .... painter
Mikel Izaguirre .... swing gang (as Miguel Ángel 'Mikel' Izaguirre)
Amos Jurado .... carpenter
Gabriel Liste .... set designer
Juan López .... plasterer
Rafael López .... painter
Ariel Margolis .... property master
Rudy Mercado .... scenic artist
Paula González Molinero .... art department assistant (as Paula González)
Raúl Monge .... concept artist
Rosa Pariente .... buyer
Leon Pop .... plasterer
Roi Prada .... props
Arturo Revuelta .... swing gang
Roberto Torralba .... swing gang
Juan Antonio Torrijos .... stand-by props (as Juan Antonio 'Torri' Torrijos)
Tomás Gómez .... props makers: artefacto crew (uncredited)
Sound Department
Flo Ankah .... adr voice (Flight Attendant)
Laurent Boudaud .... sound re-recording mixer
Brian Bowles .... adr editor
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
Robert Hein .... supervising sound editor
Mike Howells .... adr recordist
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
Drew Kunin .... sound mixer
Peter Murphy .... boom operator
Glenfield Payne .... sound effects editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Steve F.B. Smith .... sound consultant: Dolby
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer
David Wahnon .... dialogue editor
Paul Yurt .... sound mix engineer
Special Effects by
Pau Costa .... special effects
Javier H. Moneo .... special effects technician
Esteban Roma .... special effects technician
Raúl Romanillos .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Daniel Abramovich .... digital compositor
Glenn Allen .... visual effects producer: Brainstorm Digital
Justin Ball .... digital artist: senior systems engineer: Brainstorm Digital
Ella Boliver .... digital compositor
Benjamin Bratt .... digital artist
Nicholas Cerniglia .... digital artist
Aaron Chiesa .... digital artist
Matthew Conner .... matte painter/compositor
Molle DeBartolo .... digital intermediate coordinator
Richard Friedlander .... visual effects producer: Brainstorm Digital
Manuel Rey Gonzalez .... digital compositor
Chris MacKenzie .... smoke artist
John Mangia .... digital compositor: Brainstorm Digital
Indah Maretha .... digital artist
Anthony Meschi .... digital artist
Eric J. Robertson .... visual effects supervisor: Brainstorm digital
Chris 'Pinkus' Wesselman .... digital compositor: Brainstorm Digital
Jun Zhang .... digital compositor
Ignacio Carreño .... stunt coordinator
Diego Herberg .... stunts
Eduardo Moratilla .... stunt performer
Juan José Rodríguez .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Águeda Balogh .... additional photography
Víctor Benavides .... trainee camera (as Victor Benavides)
José Luis Bernal .... focus puller: second unit
Eduardo Cabrera .... electrician
Miguel Ángel Cárdenas .... gaffer
Sergio Delgado .... first assistant camera
Pipo Fernández .... still photographer
Alberto González .... assistant camera
Falkwyn Goyeneche .... video assistant
Teresa Isasi .... still photographer
Francisco Izaguirre .... best boy lighting
Rain Li .... director of photography: second unit (as Kathy Li)
Rodrigo López .... second assistant camera
Casting Department
Beatriz Bartolomé .... casting assistant: Spain
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laia Lipp .... wardrobe trainee
Carlos Javier Martín .... tailor (as Carlos Martín)
Karin Quijada .... wardrobe: stand-by
Eva Salas .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Pete Conlin .... post-production
Mitchell Ferm .... digital intermediate producer
Elsa Fernández .... assistant editor
Joe Gawler .... digital intermediate colorist
Jonathan Hoffman .... post-production
Jack Lewars .... assistant digital intermediate colorist
Cam McLauchlin .... telecine operator
Miguel P. Gilaberte .... color timer: dailies
Perri Pivovar .... associate editor
John Potter .... video mastering
Mike Selemon .... assistant editor
Brian Boyd .... digital preview colorist (uncredited)
Andrew Gori .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Carter Logan .... composer: additional music
Jay Rabinowitz .... music editor
Other crew
Ana Belén Abella .... production office assistant
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer
Maralyn Causley .... script supervisor
J. John Corbett .... title designer
Stéphanye Dussud .... adr voice
John Eccleston .... financial controller
Duck Grossberg .... data manager
Rubén Gómez .... assistant to location manager
Samson Jacobson .... office intern
Antonia Juanes .... production secretary
Ignacio Lozano .... assistant location manager
Gabriella Ludlow .... production legal
Liz Modena .... assistant accountant
Isabelle Neron .... production office assistant
David Ocaña .... production assistant: additional
Ana Palacios .... production coordinator
Alberto Poveda .... location manager
Léa Rinaldi .... behind the scenes director
Yan Ming Shi .... Tai Chi Master
Abi Sila .... production accountant
Hayley Stahl .... intern
Teddy Villalba .... assistant to location manager
Ryan Young .... office intern
Pedro Almodóvar .... personal thanks
Elena Calvo .... thanks
Marisa Paredes .... personal thanks
Margrit Polak .... thanks
Sandy Wilson .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"No Limits No Control" - USA (closing credits title)
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Rated R for graphic nudity and some language
116 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:14A (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-11 | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Japan:PG12 | Mexico:B15 | Netherlands:9 | New Zealand:M | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R

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Several lines of dialogue spoken by Tilda Swinton's character are taken from an essay Swinton wrote about film entitled "A Letter to a Boy from his Mother".See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
[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!
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Movie Connections:
References Mystery Train (1989)See more »
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55 out of 106 people found the following review useful.
Jim, next time you get a midlife crisis, buy a Harley like the rest of us, 1 September 2009
Author: lefaikone from Finland

I think I can somehow imagine what Jarmusch was trying to deliver with this - some sort of an existentialistic feeling of being abandoned in this world, and how arts and music etc. reflect our world-view and life in general. May have worked in theory, but definitely not in practice. To me, Jim Jarmusches works are all about cutting the technical nonsense to the minimum, and replacing it with powerful inner depth, such as interesting and multileveled characters - this one seemed to be the other way around.

The whole thing smelt like new wave and Godard ten miles away, with the whole style, and all the references to it (for example the Spanish girl holding the gun to Bankolé's face was almost exact reference to Godard's Made in U.S.A.) - and I didn't like the scent of it one bit. It was superficial, and didn't evoke any feelings in me. It was like Jarmusch was trying to speak with a language that wasn't his own. And the whole anti-capitalist "black James Bond" theme came as just naive to me.

About the only things that left me a good taste in my mouth, was the feeling of loneliness and emptiness that it delivered, plus John Hurt's short appearance with his monologue with the Kaurismäki- reference. That's about it, and even the mood was almost ruined by the two-pence Neil Young that kept on howling on the back.

Never would have believed to say this about a Jarmusch movie, but it was a huge disappointment.

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