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Compliance

  • Starring: Ann Dowd, Bill Camp, Dreama Walker, Pat Healy
  • Director: Craig Zobel
  • Genre(s): Drama, Thriller
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 90 min

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. (Magnolia Pictures)

"A taut, understated minimalist masterwork."
- Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Zobel's unsparing approach is justified. This film should be hard to watch - and it is. But it's also hard to forget."
- Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"With its harrowing restraint, Compliance is potent filmmaking that's not easily forgotten."
- Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"Compliance is a small movie, but it provides insight into large and frightening events, like the voluntary participation of civilians in the terrible crimes of the last century."
- David Denby, The New Yorker
"With a slow, relentless buildup focused on sexual humiliation, Compliance intensifies the "requests" put on Sandra, and eventually other employees, to behave immorally in the name of cooperation."
- Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

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