Possession (1981)

Dizzying, maddening, psychotic. These are just a few words to describe Andrzej Zulawski's psychological thriller POSSESSION. It shares the same hyper-kinetic insanity as Jodorowsky's SANTA SANGRE. Sam Neill plays a secretive spy that returns home after years of undercover work to find his wife cheating on him and living a double life of her own. After a mental breakdown, he attempts to uncover her second world, but he quickly finds that her dual personality is much darker than anything he could ever imagine.. I cant claim to fully understand the film or particularly the ending, but what I do know is that it is entirely unique and surprising at every turn, and I like it. Neill creates a character that the audience is sure to despise, while at the same time the viewer has no other option but to side with him when his counterparts play roles that are even more vicious and spiteful. Each scene is progressively more abusive, awkward, and uncomfortable, with many scenes of domestic violence that is as shocking as they are disturbing. The real horror lies in these grounded disputes, but the film takes a supernatural twist after the hour mark. With alarming acting, artful framing, and a frantic pace, the film keeps the viewer engaged every second. It is horrifying, but not in the way many will expect. The film will not appeal to all genre fans, much to the same extent as MARTYRS, but it is a film that should be seen regardless.

Rating: 8/10.
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1 comment:

  1. Haven't really heard much about this one. Thanks for the review. I'll check it out.