Possession

Capturing the energy generated when two people whose lives are so intensely fused and woven are forcibly split, Andrzej Zulawski’s 1981 masterpiece Possession is an emotional nuclear explosion. If all we were given were its operatic and shamanistic performances by leads Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill, its impossible-to-describe music by Andrzej Korzynski, and Zulawski’s masterful, hyper-kinetical ballet of camera choreography — all delivered with the force of a a long-suppressed traumatic memory — then Possession would already be the best film about divorce ever filmed. But when the angels and demons of our inner nature are literally incarnated in phantasmagorical form — the kind requiring the talents of Oscar-winning creature FX master Carlo Rambaldi (who, instead of making a cutey-pie “E.T.”, concocts a tentacled Lovecraftian octo-sex-demon) — you have the kind of cathartic and entertaining experience that leads to movie-lover nirvanic bliss. Welcome to Possession, your new favorite movie.
Dir. Andrzej Zulawski, 1981, 35mm, 123 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Possession”! NOTE: this trailer lists screening dates from a previous Cinefamily run of the film. The actual Video Nasties screening date of “Possession” is Sunday, Oct. 14th.