States of Control
States of Control (1997)

This grim drama follows a depressed young woman as she struggles to take control of her dead-end life. Her psychological journey's first step is to stop sleeping; she next heeds the dubious bad advice of a cynical, aging director. Both… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 6, 1997
DVD Release Date: October 16, 2001
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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

disquieting treatment of a dissatisfied Manhattan woman

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Even by low-budget, indie standards, this is an unusually claustrophobic, self-absorbed work whose commercial prospects are bleak.

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Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine

The lead performance by Jennifer Van Dyck is hypnotic and devastatingly real and would have earned an Oscar nomination had the film been backed by the kind of money that usually supports such contenders.

Dustin Putman

An astute, thought-provoking film, but the ending left me just as dissatisfied as Lisa is throughout the movie, in her journey to not follow by the rules of today's superficial society.

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Joshua Tanzer

A yuppie in a midlife crisis alternates between repression and indulgence in new experiences. Sensual but unsympathetic.

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