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Rated R for language and brief sexuality.
1 hour, 58 minutes
Country UK | USA | Australia | Japan
Becker Films, Claraflora, EM Media (executive production), NorthSee, Three Dogs and a Pony, Warner Music
Studio Weinstein Company
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• Control (2007)
Plot: Based on the memoir TOUCHING FROM A DISTANCE by Deborah Curtis, Anton Corbijnís CONTROL is as near perfect a filmic telling of the story of Joy Division and Ian Curtis as any fan could hope for. Itís also a beautifully rendered piece of cinema about the crippling effects of love and regret, and the salvation we seek in art. Born out of Englandís post-Sex Pistols punk explosion, Joy Division played a dark, minimalist version of the nascent sound, and became cult heroes thanks in part to their brilliant yet disturbed frontman Ian Curtis (played by an eerily perfect Sam Riley). Corbijn does a wonderful job recreating the Manchester bandís music and live show, cutting straight to the essence of Joy Divisionís unique appeal. Credit must also be given to the three actors who portray the rest of Joy Division. Playing all the instruments themselves, they perfectly capture the bandís powerfully stoic presence, one that translates both live and on record into the sonic equivalent of an existential crisis.
CONTROL, however, is ultimately about Curtisís tumultuous marriage with his wife, Deborah (Samantha Morton), and the way that Joy Division became an aesthetic manifestation of his pain--one that was both physical (Curtis was an epileptic) and emotional. Corbijn evokes Curtisís hurt and
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