Compulsion is about a lady who is obsessed with foods. Her level of obsession for food is revealed more after a detective comes to question her about her neighbour, a famous actress who has disappeared.
|Heather Graham in Compulsion|
Plot:The movie Compulsion starts with Amy, who is utterly obsessed with food. She loves preparing foods so much that her whole day is spent for only different phases of cooking. She hates fast foods and believes that foods must be prepared with utter care. She wants to launch her own cooking show and she practices for her speeches of that show herself. In those speeches, she compares different stages of cooking with sex.
One day, while Amy was fantasizing (and practising) about her cooking show, a detective comes to her house. He says, he is investing the case of her missing neighbor Saffron, who is a famous actress. Amy doesn't seem very concerned for this fact. After questioning her, the detective goes so Saffron's house where Amy comes. Then by the discussion between Amy and the detective, we learn about her life.
Amy used to live with her boyfriend, who pays for all her obsession. Amy is a perfectionist regarding preparing food. One day they saw their new neighbor Saffron who is not a social person. But soon Amy discovers that she is her favorite movie actress Saffron, who is now famous for writing a column about sex in a magazine. Amy tries to talk with her, but Saffron doesn't seem interested to socialize. Saffron herself is passing a hard time after getting rejected for roles for her age.
One night while dining, Amy's boyfriend expresses his dissatisfaction to life for Amy's obsession for food. Amy tries to comfort him using more food, which makes the situation worse. That nigh, Amy keeps some desserts for Saffron at her doorstep. Next day, Amy finds her boyfriend having fast food with his female colleague. This makes Amy sad and angry. That night, Amy cooks his boyfriend's pet part and feed that to him. Being disgusted, he leaves Amy.
Then Amy tries to befriend Saffron. She cooks food for Saffron regularly and takes them to her house. But Saffron doesn't eat those even when Amy resists. One day, Amy finds all the foods the cooked for Saffron in a bin. Amy gets angry and makes Saffron eat some of them. Then Saffron tells Amy for her eating disorders. Then both of them become friends.
They start to spend times together and and Saffron starts to eat foods which Amy cooks specially for her. Then in one of her auditions, Saffron faces the man who molested her in her childhood. Saffron runs away from there and breaks down when she comes home. Amy consoles her and then they have sex.
But what happens to Saffron after that? Where has she disappeared? Can the detective solve the case? Lets watch the movie for these answers.
|Heather Graham and Kevin Dillon in Compulsion|
First of all, I didn't like the movie Compulsion much.
The plot of Compulsion is very straightforward. Although it has a twist at the end, but throughout the whole movie, the plot went straight and slow. Some more characters or some more interactions between these same characters could make this movie better. At several times, the movie seemed boring. So the screenplay didn't seem very interesting. The direction was just okay, nothing extraordinary.
The acting of all the characters in Compulsion were good, but again, nothing extraordinary. The acting of the leading character Heather Graham didn't impress me much, as sometimes it felt like she was overacting. We have seen better acting from her in other movies. But the acting of Carrie-Anne Moss were impressive. The dialogues were good in Compulsion.
The editing, music and sound effects of Compulsion were also good. Same goes for lighting and camera effects. But I didn't like the costume designs, as several costumes (specially for Heather Graham) were used repeatedly. In a movie like this, it could use better variations. The set design also looked boring for the same reason, lack of variations. At different places, the set design could be better.
Although Compulsion doesn't contain any direct nudity, but for the context of this movie, it is not suitable for kids. But from the same context, this one could have a good use of some nudity.
So overall, I didn't enjoy watching Compulsion. This movie had the opportunity to do far better, but the director couldn't use them. Even the charm of Heather Graham may not make it up for you. I won't recommend watching Compulsion to thriller or drama lovers.
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Ending explanation of the movie Compulsion:
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The very last fading scene before the credits, the shape of the food and the reaction of the detective – all these suggest that, somehow Amy has killed Saffron and has fed part of her to the detective.
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