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758 Ratings


Directed by Nimród Antal
Hungary, 2003
Comedy, Crime, Drama


A tale about a strange young man, Bulcsú, his fellow inspectors, who are all without exception likeable characters, a rival ticket inspection team, and racing along the tracks…and a tale about love.

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Kontroll Directed by Nimród Antal

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2004 | Winner: Award of the Youth

European Film Awards

2004 | Nominee: European Director

What are people saying?

  • Ciprian Ailenei's rating of the film Kontroll

    I always knew ticket 'Kontrollers' have a dark side. With the storyline taking place just in one location (The Hungarian subway), this film never gets dull. You'll be greeted by a dark yet pleasant action, based on some stereotyped characters revolving around the inner battle of the main character Bulcsú. Oh, and there's that funny and adorable bunny woman. I'm only sorry it took me until now to watch this.

  • Palmat's rating of the film Kontroll

    Excellent movie with both ambition and style to burn. The script is great, the characters interesting and the direction assured. I was sometimes reminded of early Luc Besson when it comes to the poetic and quirky moments. I also love the dark undertones and the metaphorical aspects of the story. And the best thing is that Hollywood has not tried to remake it yet.

  • J. O.'s rating of the film Kontroll

    Although quirky and fairly original, I couldn't help but be a little bored. Plus, it was a little lengthy for a comedic film set in one location. Otherwise, it definitely had some fantastic scenes and some really interesting characters.

  • Jugu Abraham's rating of the film Kontroll

    The young director attempts a metaphoric tale using the darkened world of Budapest's metro/underground rail system. The characters are essentially ticket checkers, who in turn are monitored by psychiatrists, the metro's bureaucrats and the police above ground (who you never see on screen but are referred to). Unfortunately, the film is not anywhere near the class of Istvan Szabo's "Budapest Tales".

  • vladd's rating of the film Kontroll

    very cool hungarian movie. too bad nimrod antal kinda lost his indie touch after this one (aka went hollywood), although one can still see that he's pretty good at making simple yet suspenseful thrillers (armored, vacancy) or nostalgia-laden b-actioners (predators).

  • FISCHER's rating of the film Kontroll

    Une réalisation correcte, lourdement sur-vitaminée par des prises de vue speedées à l'extrême, alourdie par quelques séquences surnuméraires et fastidieuses telle la longue scène onirique, qui plairont aux habituels spectateurs confondant vélocité et précipitation, esbroufe et rigueur, dans un tourbillon épuisant que souvent rien ne justifie.

  • ginobartolomi's rating of the film Kontroll

    This is a really fun film. It's careful not to take itself too seriously, but it doesn't make a joke of itself, either. 'Kontroll' is set in the underworld of the metro tunnels of an unnamed time and place. Although, without any real evidence that the film is set in the future, Antal did an incredible job giving it this dystopian sort of vibe. The main character never leaves the tunnels, and by proxy, neither do...↓

  •'s rating of the film Kontroll

    Our Daily Free Stream: Kontroll (engl. subt.). Nimrod Antal hat seinen Debüt Film in den Bahnhöfen und Schächten der Budapester Untergrundbahn inszeniert. Wer mal in Budapest war, der weiss, wie tief die Schächte unter der Erde liegen. Es ist schon ein Erlebnis an sich, mit der Rolltreppe herabzufahren! Drehen durfte Antal nur während der Zeiten, in denen keine Züge verkehren.. mehr auf

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