"Compliance" is a horror film of the most disquieting kind. It's a story that makes us squirm and one that makes us ask uncomfortable questions.
ďComplianceĒ is a horror film of the most disquieting kind. Itís a story that makes us squirm and one that makes us ask uncomfortable questions.
Oh, and itís actually based on true events. This is worth remembering when you think this canít possibly be real.
Becky (Dreama Walker) is a typical teen working a typical teen job at a fast-food joint in a small town. Her middle-aged manager Sandra (Ann Dowd) is trying to survive a Friday rush when she gets a phone call.
Itís a police officer ó or at least someone claiming to be. He tells Sandra that a customer has accused Becky of stealing. And he tells Sandra that she will need to detain her.
Events unfold in real time over the next 90 minutes, as the man on the phone instructs Sandra to strip search Becky.
Iíll reiterate that the events that inspired this film are based on real incidents that spanned a decade. Thatís precisely why this film is so haunting.
Writer-director Craig Zobel keeps us squirming in disbelief at what is happening. And the questions posed about how people respond to authority will make for great post-film discussion.
Itís not an easy film to watch, but itís one of the best indies Iíve seen this year.