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Country: United States
Run Time: 85 minutes
It's hard not to recall the case of the Unabomber while watching STATES OF CONTROL, a mesmerizing chronicle of one woman's implosive path to empowerment - or descent into madness, take your choice. Lisa, discontent with her careeer and marriage, encounters Paul, an abrasive stage director who proclaims his contempt for the lives most people lead. Inspired by Paul, Lisa comes to the realization that everyone around her, in one way or another, is a failed idealist. Gradually, Lisa starts testing the boundaries of her life, from timid sexual experimentation to rigorous exercises in self-discipline, forcing herself to remain awake for days at a time. Her outrageous acts and everyday rebellions grow more extreme, until even Paul can't compete. Lisa's final evolution and symbolic rebirth is as harrowing as it is inevitable. Expect arguments to rage over STATES OF CONTROL. Is Lisa a feminist or a reactionary? Does the film endorse its heroine or roundly condemn her? One thing is certain: your nights will be as sleepless as Lisa's, as you contemplate the journey she takes, and wonder how many others out there would follow the same path.
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