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Kontroll (2003)

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A tale about a strange young man, Bulcsú, the fellow inspectors on his team, all without exception likable characters, a rival ticket inspection team and racing along the tracks - and a tale about love.

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Nimród Antal
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sándor Csányi Sándor Csányi ... Bulcsú
Zoltán Mucsi Zoltán Mucsi ... Professor
Csaba Pindroch Csaba Pindroch ... Muki
Sándor Badár Sándor Badár ... Lecsó
Zsolt Nagy Zsolt Nagy ... Tibi
Eszter Balla Eszter Balla ... Szofi
Lajos Kovács Lajos Kovács ... Béla
Bence Mátyássy Bence Mátyássy ... Gyalogkakukk (Bootsie)
Gyözö Szabó Gyözö Szabó ... Shadow
Péter Scherer Péter Scherer ... Chief
György Cserhalmi ... Big Boss
László Nádasi László Nádasi ... Laci
János Kulka János Kulka ... Feri
Enikõ Eszenyi ... Drunken Woman
Zsolt László Zsolt László ... K., Kripli (Nub)
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Storyline

Ghost trains and ghostly characters, figuratively speaking of course, are what run through the perpetual night of this underground metro system. Bulcsú's (Sándor Csányi) life that once was, on the surface, where the real people go home after work, who go to the movies or a fine restaurant is now replaced by the dark, cold and solitude arena of his new dwellings. He, and his motley crew of ragtag metro ticket Kontrollers must patrol the trains that run these City dwellers back and forth and with daily ritual, check that no one dare come down into their world for a free ride. With indifferent passengers, a possible love interest, a regime set on competition and to top it all a mysterious serial killer at large, Kontroll is a dark and bleak comedy of the world of the ticket inspector, who, in the end must keep this Metro system running. If not, what would be the worst that could happen, if they ever lost control? Dare you ride here for free, too? Written by Cinema_Fan

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There's No Such Thing As A Free Ride. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Hungary

Language:

Hungarian

Release Date:

20 November 2003 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Control See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

HUF100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,098, 3 April 2005

Gross USA:

$237,183

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,277,800
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Café Film, Bonfire See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

DTS-Stereo | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film includes an introduction by the director of the Budapest Metro (where the film was shot), who says that the film is a work of fiction and that employees of the Metro don't behave as shown. See more »

Goofs

After the rail run, Bulcsú and the others would get stuck in the metro station until the next morning. The metro stations in Budapest are closed after the last passenger train leaves them. By the time Bulcs and Gonzó arrive to the station where the winner is determined, the station would already be considered emptied and closed. See more »

Quotes

Bulcsú: How can you get out of here, uncle Béla?
Béla: There are many ways out, Bulcsú.
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Connections

References Alien³ (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Theme (Szerelem Téma)
written by Mátyás Milkovics & Márk Moldvai
performed by Neo
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New hope for Hungarian film
3 January 2004 | by meitschiSee all my reviews

"Kontroll" gives me new hope that Hungarian filmmakers are finally capable to make pictures that appeal to audiences at home, movie critics (and probably also foreign audiences) alike. An excellent, though a bit weird mixture of satirical comedy, mystical drama and thriller. The metro stations become a world of their own, the neon lights create a new reality.

While in the beginning the film focuses on a whole group of ticket controllers and we expect a satirical comedy about their lives, in the second half the storyline concentrates on the terrifying experiences of Bulcsú, a man with a mysterious past. He used to be an artist or in some other kind of creative business not specified further, but left this life for unknown reasons and started to live in the metro. It also becomes clear that for some reason he is not able to leave the metro system until the end - when he overcomes the dark forces (that probably have also been lurking inside him). Everything about this story is deeply irrational (except for the satirical elements that are in some ways very close to reality :-)), this is just a terrible world, where love means the only hope (I was a bit reminded of Terry Gilliam's "Brazil").

An excellent movie that I would also strongly recommend to foreign viewers. I don't know if this will ever come to other countries, but I would very much like it to be so. So that Hungary could be put back on the landscape of international moviemaking.

P.s.: The Budapest multiplex I saw this in was absolutely packed with people. I was astonished what a great success "Kontroll" has become in Hungary, because I think that most people in the audience there have probably never seen anything that could only remotely be called arthouse - and "Kontroll" wasn't exactly an easy popcorn movie....


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