The Limits of Control Trailer: Jim Jarmusch’s Greatest Hits


Tagline: "No Guns, No Sex, How Can You Stand It?"

Translation: Lots of sex! Lots of guns! You'll love it!

The Verdict: Those brains splattered on the floor? They belong to your New York film-geek friend who just saw the trailer for Limits of Control: Wong Kar Wai's cinematographer Christopher Doyle teams up with New York's most vertically haired auteur, Jim Jarmusch, for what looks like a metaphysical sex-murder-mood piece. The trailer identifies Jarmusch as the the director of Broken Flowers, Down by Law, and Ghost Dog, but it doesn't have to — the visuals (Bill Murray, the guitar, and Ghost Dog actor Isaach De Bankolé) quote all three films anyway. Plus there's Gael García Bernal and Tilda Swinton? We're sold! We even like the Delphic dialogue: "Among us, there are those who are not among us? And sometimes the reflection is far more present than the thing being reflected?" They may not channel the existential angst of a classic trailer line like "You just killed a helicopter with a car!" but they'll do.