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Darkly funny thriller
on 9 March 2011
Kontroll is a fabulous Hungarian thriller that is both stylish and quick paced with a soundtrack to match. The plot centres around ticket inspector Bulscú (Sándor Csányi) and his fellow odd ball colleagues who unenthusiastically patrol the underground train line beneath Budapest.
Bulscú is an apathetic man hiding from the world above who begins to question his life as he's confronted by the threat of a serial killer stalking the platforms and discovers a beautiful female passenger who travels the line in a pink bear suit.
The underground is a dark atmospheric setting for a thriller with its pools of light and sense of urgency as people rush in and out of the station and it's like glimpsing another world. Likewise the plot rolls along as though its running out of time and as Bulscú represents the `everyman' his story is engaging enough to keep you gripped and on his side. Kontroll is a gem of European cinema with quirky characters and plenty of dark comedy to keep you invested. This is a film I will watch again and again.