The Limits of Control had me thinking both during and after the film. Thoughts tended to fall into one of the following categories
- What is going on?
- Boy is this interesting looking - but I wonder if there's actually a story here.
- I can tell there are lots of clever homages to famous art/films - but I'm not getting them.
- oh no, falling asleep - try to keep from dozing off (aka I should have had some caffeine before the opening credits)
- WTF? Or was that just me?
- Is it possible that the trailer for this film contained literally EVERY word spoken in the film?
- Well at least it had that character who was always naked.
I did some searching on the 'net reading professional reviews. Even folks who liked it didn't even attempt to explain this "film." I use the quotes because it seemed more like a beautiful photo exhibition than a film with a story. If you're ok with nothing but symbolism, lots of references to other things, and almost no talking then this could well be your dream film. Me? I'm taking a break from Jim Jarmusch's work for a while.
The "story" - follows a quiet man on a mission likely seriously overcomplicated by a series of kabuki like meetings across Spain leading up the event. There's a lot of talk about "using your imagination" - and you will need to. It may work better if you just go in expecting an art film without narrative. Even then you may come out believing everyone is trying a bit too hard.