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The Limits of Control

The Limits of Control

The Limits of Control

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2009 / 116min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: JIM JARMUSCH

CAST: ISAACH DE BANKOLé, ALEX DESCAS, TILDA SWINTON, GAEL GARCíA BERNAL, BILL MURRAY

For his turn to the espionage thriller, Jarmusch took inspiration from both spaghetti westerns and the lean, mean, sparse prose of Donald Westlake’s Parker novels, written pseudonymously as Richard Stark. Isaach De Bankolé is an operative on an obscure mission in Spain, shot stunningly by frequent and brilliant Wong Kar-wai DP Christopher Doyle, making his way through a string of cryptic meetings en route to an appointment at a fortress-like compound overseen by Bill Murray, in a powerful and sinister role. An action film drained of action, it’s one of Jarmusch’s most challenging works—and most rewarding.

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