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Kontroll

(DVD - 2005 - Hungarian)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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"The Budapest subway system, the world's second oldest, is a dark, labyrinthine netherworld as vast and various as the city above it. Of the hordes of people who can be found there, most are passing through on their ways to better, brighter places, where sunlight shines and fresh breezes blow. But, there are those who spend most of their lives underground--the beleaguered ticket inspectors or 'controllers', who are assigned in teams to various sections of the system, and whose thankless job it is to ensure that no passengers ride without paying"--Container.
Title: Kontroll
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: [United States] : Distributed by Thinkfilm, c2005.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 106 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Summary: "The Budapest subway system, the world's second oldest, is a dark, labyrinthine netherworld as vast and various as the city above it. Of the hordes of people who can be found there, most are passing through on their ways to better, brighter places, where sunlight shines and fresh breezes blow. But, there are those who spend most of their lives underground--the beleaguered ticket inspectors or 'controllers', who are assigned in teams to various sections of the system, and whose thankless job it is to ensure that no passengers ride without paying"--Container.
Audience: MPAA rating R language, some violence and brief sexuality.
Statement of Responsibility: Café Film and Bonfire Film presents; produced by Tamás Hutlassa and Nimrod Antal; written and directed by Nimród Antal
Performers: Sándor Csányi, Zoltán Mucsi, Csaba Pindroch, Sándor Badár, Zsolt Nagy.
System Details: DVD.
Other Language: Hungarian with English subtitles.
Subject Headings: Subways Hungary Drama. Motion pictures, Hungarian.
Genre/Form: Feature films.
Foreign films.
Hungarian language materials.
Foreign films-Hungary.
Topical Term: Subways
Motion pictures, Hungarian.
Hungarian language materials.
Publisher No: TF-53375
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Dec 17, 2012
  • Sanrin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Moody, mysterious, humorous -- "Kontroll" creates a gritty urbanscape entirely in the Budapest subway system where crews of beleagured "kontrollers" (ticket inspectors) wander the trains & tunnels trying to apprehend freeloaders, many of whom seem to be chronically without a ticket or valid pass. At times comic in its depiction of another thankless day getting cursed at, spat upon, and sometimes beaten up by hostile subway riders, the movie also creates an atmospheric "netherworld" where a mysterious, hooded figure is pushing passengers off the platform into oncoming trains. An amazing first movie by Nimrod Antal, who also wrote and produced, the movie opens to an message from the president of the Budapest Metro systems, who asserts that the Metro's services and staff in no way resemble those depicted in the movie. :-) Highly recommended!

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