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Compulsion (2013)

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The lives of two female neighbors intersect when their individual obsessions begin to unravel.

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Egidio Coccimiglio

Writers:

Floyd Byars (screenplay by), Cheol-su Park (based on the film 301, 302 by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Heather Graham ... Amy
Carrie-Anne Moss ... Saffron
Kevin Dillon ... Fred
Joe Mantegna ... Detective Reynolds
Kate Trotter ... Sylvia
Daiva Johnston ... Teen Saffron
Theresa Joy ... Sharon Nelson
James McGowan ... Bob
Natalie Brown ... Rebecca
Katie Douglas ... Young Saffron
Jean Yoon ... Leslie
John Tokatlidis ... Lucas
Gary Vena Gary Vena ... Jack
Matt Connors ... Delivery Man #1
Allyson Niro Allyson Niro ... Crazed Fan
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The lives of two female neighbors intersect when their individual obsessions begin to unravel.

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She has a killer appetite. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong sexuality, a brief sexual assault, and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 2013 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Compulsão Assassina See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Surprisingly underrated
13 March 2014 | by ghiz876See all my reviews

The story of two disturbed women whose lives end up intertwining. Or to be precise, one obsessive and possibly delusional woman and another who simply has had a hard life. When the psychotic of the two, Amy, develops a fascination with her reclusive neighbour, Saffron, she shows it through trying to push her love of food on to her. What follows is a rather bizarre but intriguing series of events.

A great aspect of this film is that I believe it's open to interpretation. Amy clearly doesn't have the tightest grip on reality, in fact we are often shown glimpses into her head where an imaginary audience is cheering her on. Combine this with the plot and characters going in the strangest of directions and the sceptical comments of a particular other character and the film raises the question of how much of it is in Amy's head and how much of it is simply events going in such a unique way.

Admittedly, this film is probably a bit of an acquired taste(ha, get it). It's labelled a thriller, which is partly true but the vast majority of it is a character study. If you like analysing the mindsets of flawed characters, this film is for you. Worth re-watching if you want to look at things from a different angle.


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