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Possession (1981) Andrzej Zulawski

Possession (1981)
Genre: Unsane Horror
Country: France | West Germany | Director: Andrzej Zulawski
Language: English | Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in Mkv File)
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.66:1 | Length: 123mn
Bdrip H264 Mkv - 1200x720 - 23.976fps - 4.36gb

During a secretive business trip away, Mark learns that his wife Anna is growing restless in what he believed was their happy marriage. Upon his return home, he learns from her that she wants a divorce. They both go through a series of different emotions related to their situation, Mark's which is generally obsessive about learning why Anna, who he still loves, wants the divorce, and Anna's which is generally increasingly histrionic in getting away from Mark. Caught in the middle is their infant son Bob, who Mark uses as a gage to Anna's mental state. Anna states that her want for the divorce is not because of another man, but Mark finds out that Anna has a lover named Heinrich. In the meantime, Mark also meets Bob's teacher Helen, who looks exactly like Anna, but is her polar opposite in temperament. Starting a relationship with Helen lessens his obsession with Anna...

Surely other Zulawski movies like "La femme publique" and "L'important c'est d'aimer" have dark, disturbing moments, too, but "Possession" must be the most terrifying of them all. It all begins perfectly normal, like something that could happen every day, anywhere in your neighborhood: Anna (Adjani) leaves Mark (Sam Neill), she confesses she found a new lover already a year ago, and then the breaking up of their marriage naturally affects their little son, too. "I'm the maker of my own evil", Anna says once, and the evil she creates is visualized literally as a slimy demon, whereas Mark "creates" a school teacher looking exactly like Anna (and also played by Adjani), a woman so pure and innocent they go to bed together without having sex, and of course the idealized woman immediately takes care of his son ... and the dish washing ;-). The torment and hysteria of destroyed love is perfectly set in a Berlin before reunification, with the wall appearing countless times in the frame: an obvious symbol that divides what used to belong together, just like the characters in the movie. The "possessed" Adjani delivers an unforgettable performance, but if you are going to watch this, be prepared for more blood and guts than in "The Exorcist".
 Possession (1981)



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4 Response to "Possession (1981) Andrzej Zulawski"

  1. I'm aware that there are two DVD's available, one with commentary from director Zulawski and the other without his commentary. Could you clarify please if this version includes the commentary or not?

    NLZ says:

    Hi, this rip has no commentary (I always mention it when there's one). If you check the thumbnail, you can see there's only one audio track.

    Thanks for the fast reply. I've seen this film before but dl it anyway to watch it again today. It is an excellent rip but I want to add this film to my collection so I'll add the DVD (incl. commentary) to my wishlist. Just as a sidenote: There is actually a version with solely the commentary audio track on YT right now, so for the ones interested in Zulawski's thoughts on his work check it out.

    I'd like to thank you NLZ, for all the commitment, professionalism and time you've put already and continue to put into this tremendous site here! I'm a longtime visitor (I used to follow your thread on the now defunct tehparadox) and found so many great film gems here. MyDuckisDead is one of the few constants in my online life and Giallo/Eurocult aficionados like me can always count on you. I saw so many worthwhile sites vanish - there are not many left nowadays - and selection aside even among those projects who cater to visitors like me your site always stood out with the kind of quality rips, description and thumbnails you offer.

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    NLZ says:

    Thanks for your kind words, I'm glad you appreciate the blog :)

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