Based on a true incident that took place in 2004, »Compliance« explores scamming in a way rarely seen in movies. The hectic everyday work of running a fast food store takes a nasty turn when a man calls the assistant manager pretending to be a cop and tells her that a young cashier has been stealing money. The imposter gives the woman orders over the phone, controlling the situation and making her, amongst other things, sexually abuse the innocent cashiers.

The exploaration of authority and chain-of-command in American workplaces is almost Kafkaesque in the characters’ absurd, yet credible, response to the situation, bearing resemblance to the controversial psychological studies of authority made in the 1960’s. With the rawness of documentary style filmmaking, Craig Zobel has made a very unsettling and claustrophobic film about the difficulty of questioning authority even if you don’t agree with the order given.

JACK BRÅNFELT

Compliance poster
Title
Compliance
Director
Craig Zobel
Country
USA
Length
90 min
Festival
2012
Section
Competition
Language
English
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
2012
Cast
Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, Pat Healy, Bill Camp, Philip Ettinger, James McCaffrey
Producer
Sophia Lin, Lisa Muskat, Tyler Davidson, Theo Sena, Craig Zobel
Script
Craig Zobel
Music
Heather McIntosh

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