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5,918 Ratings


Directed by Anton Corbijn
United Kingdom, Australia, 2007
Biography, Drama, Musical


Set in Manchester during the 1970s, this stylish, black-and-white biopic profiles the life of Ian Curtis, the lead singer of post-punk band Joy Division, who committed suicide at the age of 23 just as the band was on the brink of international fame and fortune.

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Control Directed by Anton Corbijn

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2007 | 2 wins including: Label Europa Cinemas

2007 | 2 special mentions including: C.I.C.A.E. Award

Village Voice Film Poll

2007 | 2 nominations including: Best Supporting Actress

This is, by far, the most rapturously beautiful-looking picture I’ve seen all year.
October 10, 2007
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It’s made with respect that brakes shy of reverence, lensed in that most striking of formats, widescreen black-and-white, in coarse-grained compositions that mostly stand stock-still, making much of the effect of milky Northern light filtering through the curtains of austere council flats.
October 08, 2007
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Anton Corbijn’s Control smashes the music biopic mold by portraying the star at its center not as a mythological creature, but as a real-life, fucked-up kid in over his head
September 07, 2007
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