Compliance (10/6, 9:40pm)

“Deeply, viscerally unnerving — it’s about the scared, intimidated and unquestioning follower in all of us.” — Nathan Rabin, AV Club

When a police officer tells you to do something, you do it — right? Bound to inspire the most heated post-screening audience debate since Antichrist, the chill-you-to-your-core experience of Compliance presents one of the most complex psychological finger traps to hit the screen in years. In a nightmarish tale (based on true events) that blurs the line between legality and reason, the high-strung manager of a suburban fast-food joint receives a call from a cop saying that one of her female teenage employees has stolen money. Convinced she’s only doing what’s right, the manager complies with the officer’s strict demands in a humiliating step-by-step investigation — but as the shocking reality of the ordeal escalates into the stratosphere, the question throbs in your mind: “Am I certain I wouldn’t do the same?” Told with fantastically nuanced performances (including a career-maker from Ann Dowd as the once-kindly restaurant manager), Compliance’s unforgettable descent into the depths of raw human-ness is impossible to turn away from, and an indelible reminder of cinema’s power to positively provoke.
Dir. Craig Zobel, 20120, 35mm, 90 min.

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