“THE LIMITS OF CONTROL”
In Jim Jarmusch’s “The Limits Of Control”, Isaach De Bankolé travels although we do not know why until his final stop. He seems to be a professional of the criminal kind. Each person he meets along the way gives him only the information necessary to take his next step, and those sitting in the audience don’t even get to know what is said and we know even less than De Bankolé. The film is about the journey from the dislocation and culture clash of a stranger in a strange land.
De Bankolé’s stoic face gives little away, so we only know him through his behavior and his meetings with more colorful figures (played by Gael García Bernal, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, and Bill Murray, among others).
He comes to Spain, instructed to make contact with a series of strangers in different locations throughout the country, each of whom provides a cryptic clue which propels him further towards his mysterious goal. We have no idea who he is, why is he there and how the recurring figure of an alluring femme fatale (Paz de la Huerta, Enter the Void) fit into the puzzle.
Filmed in stunning cinematography by the award-winning Christopher Doyle, this is a hauntingly beautiful film that blends the best of American and European arthouse sensibilities.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
High Definition Blu-rayTM (1080p) presentation
Original lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and PCM 2.0 stereo soundtracks
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
An American in Europe, a new video interview with Geoff Andrew, author of Stranger Than Paradise: Maverick Film-Makers in Recent American Cinema
The Rituals of Control, a new video essay on the film by author and critic Amy Simmons
Behind Jim Jarmusch, an archival documentary on the making of the film
Untitled Landscapes, an archival featurette showcasing the film s locations
Reversible sleeve featuring two choices of artwork