The Limits of Control (2009)

by Milos Itic on January 25, 2011

Watch it!

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Script: Jim Jarmusch
Actors: Isaach De Bankolé, Alex Descas and Jean-François Stévenin
Cinematography: Christopher Doyle, his good friend, who has also worked with Wong Kar-Wai

The title comes from an essay by William Burroughs (Beat Generation)

Lone Man who speaks not so many words and doesn’t speak spanish is visiting the modern art gallery, staring into space and walking around.
“The Limits of Control” is the story of a mysterious loner, a stranger in the foreign country, whose activities are outside the law. He is in the process of completing a job, yet he trusts no one,
and his objectives are not initially revealed. His journey, paradoxically both intently focused and dreamlike, takes him not only across Spain but also through his own awareness.

- espresso served in two cups
– tiny piece of paper in the matchbox
– philosophy words (“The universe has no center and no edges” , “everything is subjective”, or “reality is arbitrary”)
– futuristic sexy girl
– dark and lone streets
– empty landscapes
– abstract paintings
– Unique Atmosphere

Jim Jarmusch says, “I almost feel like we’re really on the cusp of an apocalypse of thought because all of these old models that they tell us are reality are all crumbling.”
Jarmusch takes you into his own set of the atmosphere.
Don’t analyze film.

Post-modernist, metaphorical, game structural,  hypnotic, colour film noir, for your imagination.

Do you want to go on?

The limits of Control 02Lone Man is traveling in slow motion time absorbing modernist Madrid, gothic Seville, Andalusian desert. With every encounter, one of the trappings of an artistic bohemian life who stands in against the idea of societal control.
Concepts of music, films, sex, hallucinogens, tai-chi, circular life.

There are many interesting things in the movie:
Each time Lone Man goes to the museum, only looks at one single thing.

You will be aware of every audio in the movie.
Story does go conventional, but go linear in some way.

Surrealist poem by J.Hoberman

“He who thinks he’s bigger than the rest
must go to the cemetery,
There he will see what the world really is,
It’s a handfull of dirt”

Not that analyze of film it’s not possible, it’s not even required.
Be passive receptors of the trip Lone Man takes.
If you want to now what is really happened, its that easy: Use your imagination.

Are you interested in Jarmusch films, by any chance?

Written by Itic Milos

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