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With: Isabelle Adjani, Sam Neill, Margit Carstensen, Heinz Bennent, Johanna Hofer, Carl Duering, Shaun Lawton, Michael Hogben
Written by: Andrzej Zulawski, Frederic Tuten
Directed by: Andrzej Zulawski
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 124
Date: 10/28/1983

Possession (1981)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Pink Socks

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Surely one of the most deranged, mind-bogglingly bizarre horror movies ever made, Andrzej Zulawski cult classic Possession (1981) is a hard movie to find, particularly in its uncut, 123-minute version. So there's this husband, Mark (Sam Neill) and wife, Anna (Isabelle Adjani) who fight. The wife disappears. She might be having an affair. The husband finds that their son's teacher (also played by Adjani) is a dead ringer for his wife. A private detective is hired. A second apartment is discovered, and inside it is... well... a kind of... thing. Zulawski, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 75, directs with a deceptive quality; things seem normal until they suddenly don't. It's a lurching feeling, like a waking hallucination. Although barely anyone knew quite what to make of it when it was first shown, Adjani at least won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival.

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