IMDb > The Limits of Control (2009)
The Limits of Control
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Limits of Control (2009) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 43 | slideshow) Videos (see all 5)
The Limits of Control -- Acclaimed filmmaker Jim Jarmusch delivers a sexy thriller about a mysterious loner who arrives in Spain with instructions to meet various strangers, each one a part of his dangerous mission.
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.
The Limits of Control -- Clip: I used my imagination
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.
The Limits of Control -- Clip: Blonde


User Rating:
6.2/10   14,642 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 14% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Jim Jarmusch (written by)
View company contact information for The Limits of Control on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
28 May 2009 (Germany) See more »
For every way in, there is another way out.
The story of a mysterious loner, a stranger in the process of completing a criminal job. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
User Reviews:
Brilliant cinematography, but not much else. See more (111 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
Ashley Jade Parkes .... extras casting assistant
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
Colin Walker .... office intern
William Welsh .... production assistant
Ryan Young .... office intern
Pedro Almodóvar .... personal thanks
Olatz Arroyo .... thanks
Elena Calvo .... thanks
Sandro Kopp .... thanks
Marisa Paredes .... personal thanks
Margrit Polak .... thanks
Sandy Wilson .... special thanks

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"No Limits No Control" - USA (closing credits title)
See more »
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

Did You Know?

When Tilda Swinton talks about a swooping bird in a room full of sand she is referring to a scene in the Andrei Tarkovsky film Stalker (1979).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!
See more »
Movie Connections:
Moon DustSee more »


Is "The Limits of Control" based on a novel?
See more »
65 out of 102 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant cinematography, but not much else., 14 November 2009
Author: feverswamp from United States

I really enjoy some of Jim Jarmusch's work (Night on Earth, Mystery Train and Dead Man), and I thought that I would like this film based on the story (or lack thereof) and the soundtrack, however, I was quite disappointed. The film is very slow, and while this can work and be beneficial to the plot, I think that it dragged on far too long in this instance. There was a lot going on visually, which made up for the slowness to a degree, but it seemed as if there was too much time to take it all in. I felt myself noticing the same things over and over in various shots/scenes, because there wasn't anything else to do besides look, which made me feel like I was staring at the film more so than actually watching it.

As for the soundtrack, I am a fan of some of the artists on it (Boris, Sunn, Earth, etc.), which is part of the reason I wanted to see this film initially. Because these bands can have a very slow, droney sound, I was very interested to see how the mood of the music would work with the tone of the film. I expected the two to compliment each other, but instead, the soundtrack just made everything drag on. Because the film progressed as such a slow pace, I assumed that it was leading up to a grand climax, but the film's culmination barely stood out.

I will say that I admired the film from a technical aspect, and I enjoyed seeing some familiar faces from Jarmusch's earlier work, but I don't think I'll ever watch it again.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (111 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Limits of Control (2009)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Just because you don't get it... superbartje
Waiting for ... Teutonsommelier
Symbolism...please add, correct, help marligotx
At the end I got what it's all about..! patrick-kicken
Tell me why I should appreciate this film. babyxfirefly
Limits of Control vs Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen cubicledweller
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Matador Julia The Constant Gardener Munich Babel
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Crime section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.