Film Reviews, Short Review

Possession (1981)


As far as films about disintegrating marriages and the ever-increasing distance between former lovers goes, Possession is certainly one of the most intense and terrifying, evidently a big thematic influence on Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist. Isabelle Adjani’s lead performance is a thing to behold, but so is Sam Neill’s more subtle, introspective performance, easy to miss amongst the sheer batshit madness of Andrzej Żuwalski’s imagery and disentangled, ever-shifting camerawork. It’s all a bit too much to take in at first viewing, especially given the film’s heavyweight reputation, but Possession remains like few other films out there.


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