Kontroll | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

Darkly funny and metaphorically potent, this Hungarian debut feature by writer-director Nimrod Antal takes place entirely within the Budapest subway, where the honor system is enforced by roving teams of ticket inspectors. Their shabby esprit de corps is their only defense against the uniform contempt of the riders, and they settle intramural feuds by racing each other from one station to the next as trains bear down on them. Heading one crew of misfits is a philosophical loner (Sandor Csanyi) who's broken off his relationship with the sun and sleeps on the platforms at night; the poles of his emotional life are an alluring but mysterious young woman (Eszter Balla) who walks around in an animal costume and a hooded killer who shoves unsuspecting riders onto the tracks. In Hungarian with subtitles. R, 106 min. Landmark's Century Centre.

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