Possession (1981)


“A woman starts exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior after asking her husband for a divorce. Suspicions of infidelity soon give way to something much more sinister.”


This is an incredible film from late director Andrzej Zulawski, perhaps his most well-known and possibly his greatest achievement in directing? I think so.

I first saw this film as a kid, so I did not take in everything it has to offer again until recently when re-watching it for the first time since it’s release.

Isabelle Adjani is beautiful here, and truly shines in this film, where her acting abilities are shown in full force. I always have admired her in other films, but it is clear to see here why many people consider this her greatest role, I am in agreement here.

Sam Neil does what Sam does best here, and the chemistry between him and Isabelle seems genuine, as do the domestic disputes!

The tension in this film is what makes it what it is – a great horror/suspense feature which builds like a slow-building storm and then crashes down on you in it’s climax.

The “creature” aspect of this film is also very well done for it’s time, and quite menacing indeed, I would highly recommend this classic bit of cinema.


8 out of 10 – Classic suspense and terror from a sadly missed director.


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