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5,879 Ratings


Directed by Anton Corbijn
United Kingdom, Australia, 2007
Biography, Drama, Musical


Set in Manchester during the 1970s, this stylish, black-and-white biopic profiles the life of Ian Curtis, the lead singer of post-punk band Joy Division, who committed suicide at the age of 23 just as the band was on the brink of international fame and fortune.

Our take

The story of Joy Division is given pitch-perfect treatment by auteur Anton Corbijn, who photographed the post-punk band in their heyday. Corbijn retains the minimalist B&W framing of his photography for this moody portrait of a doomed star, featuring an intense, uncanny performance by Sam Riley.

Control Directed by Anton Corbijn

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2007 | 2 wins including: Label Europa Cinemas

2007 | 2 special mentions including: C.I.C.A.E. Award

Village Voice Film Poll

2007 | 2 nominations including: Best Supporting Actress

This is, by far, the most rapturously beautiful-looking picture I’ve seen all year.
October 10, 2007
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It’s made with respect that brakes shy of reverence, lensed in that most striking of formats, widescreen black-and-white, in coarse-grained compositions that mostly stand stock-still, making much of the effect of milky Northern light filtering through the curtains of austere council flats.
October 08, 2007
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Anton Corbijn’s Control smashes the music biopic mold by portraying the star at its center not as a mythological creature, but as a real-life, fucked-up kid in over his head
September 07, 2007
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