Magazine article New Internationalist

Compliance

Magazine article New Internationalist

Compliance

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directed and written by Craig Zobel (90 minutes)

Based on real incidents in 30 US states, and provoking extreme audience reactions and walkouts, Compliance shifts from the banal, to the creepy and uncomfortable, to the disturbing and horrific.

Sandra manages a chain burger restaurant; Becky is a counter assistant. It's a busy Friday night and while Sandra is harassed and burdened by responsibility, Becky and her co-workers aren't too bothered. Late middle-aged Sandra is a decent sort, and she wants to be accepted - she tells her staffafter her pre-shiftpep talk that her boyfriend is going to propose, and claims to have an active sex life. Lithesome young Becky, who has three boyfriends in tow, is appalled by Sandra's clumsiness, her lack of cool - the workplace, like the food, is the mundane made tolerable with a helping of spice. …

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