jim JARMUSCH, master of the shaggy-dog tale, has produced another variation of his man on a mission road movie…[CONTINUED WITH TRAILER]
an ultra restrained thriller held together by an elliptical structure exploring repetition and variation, the film sends the lone man from contact to contact, initiating a series of cameos from jarmusch’s buddies. the conversations of these encounters with their forced philosophical musings come off a bit stilted rather than endearing or interesting. in the past characters such as john lurie, tom waits, and richard edson provided enough of their own persona and offbeat charisma to pull off these nonsensical encounters, however, unlike these past efforts which are peppered with great comic bits of conversation, limits of control seems to thrive more in between its scenes of dialog. it is a beautiful exploration of modern space as the rugged spanish landscape is contrasted against the modernist reina sofia museum, madrid airport, and saenz de oiza’s surreal torres blancas. christopher doyle’s camera work is exquisite, the colors he extracts from the landscapes and the framing of the spaces inside the museum and towers mesmerize. a compelling dissonant soundscape featuring boris generously supports doyle’s imagery.