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Compulsion (2013)

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

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Cast

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Amy
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Saffron
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Fred
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Detective Reynolds
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Sylvia
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Teen Saffron
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Sharon Nelson
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Bob
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Rebecca
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Young Saffron
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Leslie
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Lucas
Gary Vena ...
Jack
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Delivery Man
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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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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27 June 2013 (South Korea)  »

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Compulsão Assassina  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Heather Graham gained over 10 pounds and wore foam padding underneath her dresses and clothing throughout the film to give her a slightly overweight appearance due to her character's obsession with cooking and eating. As a result, she is never seen fully undressed, especially during her lovemaking scenes. See more »

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Remake of 301, 302 (1995) See more »

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Surprisingly underrated
13 March 2014 | by (Bedsfordshire, England, UK) – See 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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