Friday, January 30, 2009


France/West Germany 1981

In this controversial epic of obsessive love and sexual psychosis, Isabelle Adjani (Nosferatu, The Tampyre, The Story of Adele H.) and Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) star as married couple torn by emotional instability and carnal infidelity.

In this off the wall psychological horror, theatrics are full swing. Intensely executed dialog keeps this slow burner boiling until the film overflows with completely twisted interpretive perverseness.
Isabelle Adjani is absolutely incredible as a woman gone completely insane. Sam Neill is genuinely creepy and concerned. As well, over the top.
Once the script establishes that the wife has left the husband and child for promiscuous ambitions,
Sam Neil's character, very determined, sets out to uncover his rampant wife's secrecy. As the unimaginable truth becomes apparent, he then begins
to spiral into madness to appease his wife's neurotic sexual instability and carnal interbreeding indecency with a shocking revelation that entails. Full of dancing cinematography, twisted scenes of perverse innuendos, an amazing and original storyline, superb special effects, brutal kill scenes, perplexed dialog and an effectively exhausting amount of epileptic fits,
POSSESSION places itself on my top 10 list of all time. It has aged so well.

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