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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

Although born in Hungary, director Nimród Antal grew up in America. When he returned to his native land, he was bothered by how society had veered off into haves and have-nots after the fall of Communism. He wanted to depict some of that difference in his film. See more »

Goofs

The drunken woman on the escalator at the beginning of the film is wearing a belt which moves around between shots. See more »

Quotes

Muki: This is a shit of a day. And it hasn't even started yet.
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Connections

Spoofed in Just Sex and Nothing Else (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Theme (Szerelem Téma)
written by Mátyás Milkovics & Márk Moldvai
performed by Neo
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Dark, at times outrageously funny masterpiece full of symbolism
30 December 2013 | by gogoschka-1See all my reviews

What an unexpected pleasure! It doesn't happen very often to me that I go watch a movie completely in the dark; when I do, it's usually because somebody dragged me to it - as was the case here - and more often than not, I regret it afterwards. This was a very welcome exception. What a find! This movie has simply everything: great characters, superb cinematography, a kick-ass soundtrack; it's a comedy, a mystery thriller, a drama and a romance - and the performances and the direction are flawless. The main storyline follows Bulcsù, who is a ticket inspector for the Budapest subway. He lives in the dark, depressing tunnels below the city and never leaves them, having chosen his own personal hell after a life above which he seems to desperately want to forget. Bulcsù is a very ambiguous character and it's precisely the ambiguity and the symbolism of his story which make this film stand out for me. You have to fill in a lot of the blanks yourself and the further the story progresses, the more you're left wondering and guessing. I will not spoil anything here, but what makes me call this film great instead of just very good, is that there is a wide range of different interpretations possible for this marvelous movie, from the mainstream one to the dark and disturbing or even the religious - and they all work beautifully. Great, smart entertainment and outstanding cinema. 10 out of 10.

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