Crime and pop culture converge again in the new indie film “Compliance,” inspired by the true crime events of a young woman working at a fast food restaurant who was sexually assaulted when her boss strip-searched her based on the demands of a man on the phone impersonating a police officer.
The story, though inspired by true events, may at first seem to strain credibility. However, this Courier-Journal article points out the obvious link between compliance of the workers and the Stanley Milgram obedience studies of the 1960s.
Ultimately, the victim was awarded millions in a lawsuit settlement. David Stewart was arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer, soliciting sodomy, and soliciting sexual abuse. He was later acquitted.
The film is sparking some controversy and, according to this Village Voice article, prompted one movie-goer to cry out “Rape is not entertainment!”
Time ran the headline "Sundance Torture Porn" in their review of the film, comparing the director Craig Zobel to Michael Haneke, a director most known for getting under the skin of the viewers with films such as Funny Games and Cache.
Read interview with "Compliance" director, "On uncomfortable Art and the Cops' Approval," here.
The film "Compliance" is now showing in limited release.