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Country: Canada, Language: English, 81 mins

  • Director: Tara Thorne
  • Writer: Tara Thorne
  • Producer: Nicole Steeves

CGiii Comment

A staggering two-thirds of all Canadians know a woman who has experienced physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. Compulsus asks the question: what if women took matters into their own hands?

Wally has never experienced violence from men firsthand, but has been overwhelmed by accounts from friends. A chance encounter leads her to take down a notorious creep and emboldens her, and with the help of a tip line she begins to hunt down abusive men. As Wally develops a taste for violence, and as the myth of the local avenger grows, things are further complicated by the appearance of a new love interest, the law-abiding Lou.

Tara Thorne expertly navigates the topic of gender-based violence, never showing the assaults that motivate Wally, because it isn’t about a particular case of violence against women, it’s the fact that it happens at all. A bold, provocative work by a filmmaker to watch, Compulsus is unforgettable.


Cast & Characters

Koumbie (as Mackenzie)
Lesley Smith (as Wally)
Kathryn McCormack (as Kinnon)
James MacLean (as Bad Men)
Kathleen Dorian (as Lou)
Hilary Adams (as Dev)