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Compulsion (2013)

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


Egidio Coccimiglio


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


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

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Lust was the entrée. Death was dessert. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

27 June 2013 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Compulsão Assassina See more »


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally set to shoot in 2009 with Marisa Tomei and Liv Tyler headlining, under the title of "10A/10B". Tomei was going to portray the role of Carrie-Anne Moss and Tyler was going to portray the role of Heather Graham. See more »


References The Deal (2008) See more »


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Zzzzz... huh, wait, what?...
7 September 2013 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

First of all, let me just start out by saying that this movie is slow, unbelievably slow. And the 88 minutes that the movie ran for seemed much, much longer.

The story told in "Compulsion" had its moments, but it was overall weighed down by things taking too long. There were so many scenes that just dragged on for way too long, where the movie would have benefited from a trim and a notch up in pace.

"Compulsion" is about Amy (played by Heather Graham) who is obsessed about gourmet cooking and dreaming about getting her own cooking show on TV. All she cares about is her cooking and her food, desperately seeking approval in her cooking from her boyfriend/husband (?) Fred (played by Kevin Dillon). However, her compulsive obsession drives him away, and instead she starts to cook for her reclusive neighbor Saffron (played by Carrie-Anne Moss).

It should be said that the people in the movie were doing good jobs in acting, however, the characters were really odd. And I personally didn't really find much enjoyment in these characters, because they were all a bit too eccentric and out there. But thumbs up to the actors and actresses, because they did good jobs.

This slow paced thriller might not be suitable for just anyone, and I was tempted to get up and find something else to watch a couple of times throughout the 88 (long) minutes. But I stuck with it to the end, hoping that there might just be a change for the better just around the corner. But that was not to be...

I am rating "Compulsion" a mere 3 out of 10 stars, simply because the actors and actresses held the movie afloat, the rest of the movie - especially the storyline itself - was just downright boring and tedious.

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