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I expected something completely different, along the lines of some Russian Nightwatching nonsense, ghosts, monsters, the odd angel and explosions. What I found was an observation on the social tensions in the everyday work life of a Budapest subway ticket control squad. Well, and about bears without tickets, pimps and their girl currency, guys pushing people in front of subway trains, kids spraying and running away from the control teams as a sport. And some other things (e.g. the curious question of whether our story’s hero and the pusher might be one and the same person). A fascinating study of the creepy parallel society that occupies the underground world, with that nice Eastern/South-Eastern European atmosphere to it. The director still has a name that somehow reminds me of Lovecraft stories (Nimrod… wasn’t that some ghoul?).

Control (2003) – IMDb.

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