You may actively condemn Compliance for its unpleasantness, but there’s no denying the kick it sends to the guts. It’s a merciless piece of cinema that’s uncomfortable, appalling and provocative all at once, a film that compels us to take a hard look at a disquieting spectacle of ignorance – the human tragedy to blindly follow, obey and concede to authority without asking ‘why’.
So that was the Order of the Day. In what seemed to be the most packed, challenging and personally rewarding day of the festival so far. I went out to check out the Audiards, Mungius and Kiarostamis steam-rolling in cinemas all day.
Day Three of the festival started with a promise – a double-whammy of arthouse darlings Laurence Anyways and Beasts of the Southern Wild – a promise that somehow, irrevocably, metamorphose into a recurring nightmare.