2007   UK Control
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Director:Anton Corbijn
Studio:Weinstein Company
Writer:Deborah Curtis, Matt Greenhalgh
IMDb Rating:7.7 (23,871 votes)
Awards:Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 22 wins & 17 nominations
Genre:Biography, Drama, Music
Duration:121 min
Anton Corbijn  ...  (Director)
Deborah Curtis, Matt Greenhalgh  ...  (Writer)
Samantha Morton  ...  Deborah Curtis
Sam Riley (II)  ...  
Alexandra Maria Lara  ...  Annik Honoré
Joe Anderson (VI)  ...  
Toby Kebbell  ...  Rob Gretton
Sam Riley  ...  Ian Curtis
Joe Anderson  ...  Peter Hook
Craig Parkinson  ...  Tony Wilson
James Anthony Pearson  ...  Bernard Sumner
Harry Treadaway  ...  Stephen Morris
Andrew Sheridan  ...  Terry Mason
Robert Shelly  ...  Twinny
Matthew McNulty  ...  Nick Jackson
Ben Naylor  ...  Martin Hannett
Herbert Grönemeyer  ...  Public GP
Nigel Harris  ...  Tramp
Nicola Harrison  ...  Corrine Lewis
Tim Plester  ...  Earnest Richards
Richard Bremmer  ...  Ian's Father
Tanya Myers  ...  Ian's Mother
Martha Myers Lowe  ...  Ian's Sister (as Martha Myers-Lowe)
David Whittington  ...  Chemistry Teacher
Martin Ruhe  ...  Cinematographer
Summary: In his elegiac debut, Anton Corbijn combines the music film with the social drama to stunning success. Based on Deborah Curtis's clear-eyed biography, Touching from a Distance, Control recounts the wrenching tale of a working-class lad about to hit the highest highs only to be waylaid by the lowest lows. Born and raised in Macclesfield, a suburban community outside Manchester, Ian Curtis (newcomer Sam Riley in a remarkable performance) dreams of fronting a band. Just out of high school in the mid-1970s, he finds three like minds with whom he forms post-punk quartet Warsaw--better known as Joy Division (Riley and castmates ably recreate their somber sound). All the while, he falls in love, marries, and fathers a child with Deborah (Samantha Morton, turning a thankless role into a triumph). While Curtis should be enjoying parenthood and newfound fame, he's plagued by seizures. A diagnosis of epilepsy leads to powerful medications with unpredictable side effects. Then, while on tour, he falls in love with another woman. His solution to these problems is a matter of public record, but Corbijn concentrates on Curtis's life rather than his death. Just as Control establishes a link between such disparate black and white works as fellow photographer Bruce Weber's Let's Get Lost and kitchen-sink classics like The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, the Dutch-born, UK-based director presents his subject not as some iconic T-shirt image, but as a deeply flawed--if massively talented--human being. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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