Becky and Sandra aren’t the best of friends. Sandra is a middle-aged manager at a fast-food restaurant; Becky is a teenaged counter girl who really needs the job. One stressful day (too many customers and too little bacon), a police officer calls, accusing Becky of stealing money from a customer’s purse, which she vehemently denies. Sandra, overwhelmed by her managerial responsibilities, complies with the officer’s orders to detain Becky. This choice begins a nightmare that tragically blurs the lines between expedience and prudence, legality and reason.
Craig Zobel (his Great World of Sound appeared at the Festival in 2007) returns with this riveting film, based on a true story. The cast delivers hauntingly authentic performances that make the appalling events unfolding onscreen all the more difficult to watch, but impossible to turn away from. Delving into the complex psychology of the real-life story under its sensationalized surface, Compliance proves that sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. –Sundance Film Festival
Craig Zobel is an American film director who also co-founded Homestar Runner.
Zobel was born in New York and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, later studying film at the North Carolina School of the Arts alongside David Gordon Green and other future collaborators. After graduation, Zobel worked on Green’s first three films — George Washington (2000), All the Real Girls (2003) and Undertow (2003), as either co-producer, production manager or second unit director.He currently lives in New York.
Zobel has directed, written, and produced several films, including George Washington, Turkey in the Straw and Great World of Sound. –Wikipedia
I appreciated it showing the side of the people getting the hoax or prank pulled on them. I don't have any real structural complaints like point of view, directing, writing, performances, etc. It just wasn't that compelling to me. Maybe i'm too jaded or my perversions are too dark, i don't know.
"The social psychology of this century reveals a major lesson: often it is not so much the kind of person a man is as the kind of situation in which he finds himself that determines how he will act" - Stanley Milgram
It may be the most controversial film at this year’s festival, but it’s being met with generally favorable reviews.
Compliance is just about one of the most abhorrent films I’ve ever seen.
In 2007, there were 70 exceptional cases were reported across to the American Police department. While they all had their… read review
“Compliance” is a genuinely powerful, chilling film about the consequences of following authority blindly, all the more difficult to watch because the story is plucked from reality. If it weren’t crafted… read review