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Compulsion (2016)

Sadie (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 23 February 2018 (Germany)
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After a fight with her boyfriend, a successful female erotic novelist on a book tour of Europe joins her ex and his female friend, with whom she falls madly in love, for a party at a castle owned by a dangerous cult.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Analeigh Tipton ... Sadie
Marta Gastini ... Francesca
Jakob Cedergren ... Alex (as Jacob Cedergren)
Valentin Merlet Valentin Merlet ... Thierry
Jan Bijvoet ... Minos
Magdalena Grochowska Magdalena Grochowska ... Silvia
Anita Kravos ... Thelma
Nina Senicar ... Lily
Leonardo Messerklinger Leonardo Messerklinger ... Young Priest
Franco Barbero Franco Barbero ... Old Priest
Luca Busnengo Luca Busnengo ... Driver 1
Marco Tunesi Marco Tunesi ... Driver 2
Denitza Diakovska Denitza Diakovska ... Pretty Woman
Cristiano Omedè Cristiano Omedè ... Photographer
Mélanie S. Dubois Mélanie S. Dubois ... Woman in White


Sadie, a budding erotic novelist, is enticed by an ex-lover to join him and an enigmatic woman named Francesca at an Italian Villa. Once there, Sadie is confronted by the demons of her past as she becomes embroiled in a surreal game of murder and betrayal.

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Filmed in Palace of Venaria (in italian: Reggia di Venaria), near Turin, Italy. The palace was designed and built from 1675 by Amedeo di Castellamonte, commissioned by duke Charles Emmanuel II of Savoy, who needed a base for his hunting expeditions in the heathy hill country north of Turin. See more »

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Appropriately Sexy, but Otherwise Inane
7 March 2019 | by romanorum1See all my reviews

Before the initial credits appear, Sadie (Analeigh Tipton) is engaged in an intense sexual act with her ex-boyfriend, bearded Alex (Jakob Cedergren). Interposed are brief back-shots of her in various sexual proclivities.

After the credits, Sadie is the guest of honor at a book tour in Turin, Italy, where, in describing her autobiography, she relates her sexual feelings to a gathering. Her latest boyfriend is Thierry (Valentin Merlet). After the gathering, Alex, who is around, invites her to a seamy club, where she meets Francesca (Marta Gastini), who is as attractive as Sadie is. Alex invites Sadie and Francesca to his business-partner's villa, really a 17th century walled fortress decorated with magnificent art and statues. For some insipid reason she accepts.

At the villa Sadie and Francesca take drugs (pills) with alcohol. Sadie develops a lesbian relationship with Francesca. Meanwhile, bizarre rituals occur and masked guests attend wearing strange attire. There is a ritualistic killing, a "black magic" type of ceremony. Is it all a dream? Bloodstained fingers say no. When Sadie questions Alex the next day, he says she should have known what she was getting into.

Thierry then appears at the villa for some reason, but is rebuffed by sexually-charged Sadie. Later it is Thierry who is tied up and on the sacrificial agenda. Sadie is given a knife. What will Sadie do? Will she ever escape her dilemma? Is her name a derivative of sadism?

This is an artsy type of film like "Last Year at Marienbad" (1961), an entirely different film, but also difficult to understand. Despite its colorful sets, erotic scenes, and on-location filming, "Compulsion" makes little sense. The screenwriting and plot are weak, and the film unmemorable.

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