Control

[15]

United States 2007, 122 mins
Director: Anton Corbijn
Starring: Samantha Morton, Alexandra Maria Lara, Sam Riley, Toby Kebbell

Photographer Anton Corbijn's first film celebrates the troubled life of Joy Division's post-punk legend Ian Curtis.

Corbijn incisively focuses on Curtis's failing marriage and the uncontrollable intensity of the nihilistic emotions displaced by his life into his art.

CONTROL is also the story of late-1970s northern England and a perfect counterpoint to the high jinks of Michael Winterbottom's 24-HOUR PARTY PEOPLE, its realism reaching back to Chris Petit's RADIO-ON and the British new wave of the '60s.

Corbijn, who worked with the band for many years as their photographer, films in high-contrast monochrome and gets every detail exactly right.

The songs are fantastic, but even better are the performances, with relative newcomer Sam Riley astonishing as Curtis.