A young escort agrees to meet her regular in his country house. What seems to be a little one-night fling turns into a waking nightmare. Her only hope lies in her tormentor's girlfriend, who starts her own investigation into her partner's whereabouts. Two female victims, one psycho. Excellent thriller delivers nail-biting suspense on a modest budget and a straightforward premise.
Like a clockwork mechanism, this Spanish thriller successfully cranks up the tension with each scene. The plot may be fairly generic with a male predator going after his two female victims, the writing is extremely disciplined and execution spotless. The editing deserves a special mention, since it enhances the oppressive and visceral feel of the movie. Compulsion shows great talent and surprising degree of creative control for a first time director, who also brings out the best in both female leads. Oh, and it features the best use of a pregnancy test in the film history.
Attention to all Cineville members: Cineville card holders can take someone to this film for free! How? Fill in that you're reserving two tickets instead of one in the Cineville form on the EYE website or buy your tickets directly in EYE film museum.