possession (1982)

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is the best movie ever. because it involves:

- crazy ass overactign by everyone.
- isabelle adjani.
- a tentaceld monster.
- isabelle adjani having sexual intercourse with said monster.
- isabelle adjani goign hysterical in the subway, vomiting blood and pus.
- isabelle adjani torturign a little balerina for her own good.
- isabelle adjani. (its a double role ok?)
- self mutilation with electric knife.
- a mysterious villain that is known by his pink socks.
- a bum that very nonchalatnly nicks a banana off adjani.
- a private eye who is flamboyantly gay in a prussian way.
- heinz benent who is more kinski than kinski, more robbins than robbins in 'high fidelity'. and does kung fu. and beats sam neil to a pulp. and gets drowned in a toilet in return.
- the only portrayal of berlin on film i can thikn of that actualy looks and feels like berlin.
- and lots and lots of moments of crystal clear madness i cant put into words because theyre lightign and editing related.

im not quite sure if i dreamt this movie. if i didnt: please discuss.

:| (....), Tuesday, 2 November 2004 00:16 (eighteen years ago) link

i love the rejuvenation of ILF lately--this is yet another film I need to add to my "must see" list!

You didn't dream the film, BTW:


jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Tuesday, 2 November 2004 03:09 (eighteen years ago) link

two months pass...
And he wears pink socks! And almost everything is painted blue!

It really is a movie you think you hallucinated the next day.

igrey, Tuesday, 11 January 2005 22:52 (seventeen years ago) link

almost everything is painted blue!

i never noticed that! must watch again. could this have anythign to do with mrs adjani wearing a (half unbuttoned?!) blue dress all the time?

:| (....), Wednesday, 12 January 2005 15:51 (seventeen years ago) link

two months pass...
ok so i bought the dvd and watched it with commentary. zulawski says that he pitched the film to charles bluhdorn (head of gulf & western) as "a story about a woman who fucks an octopus". bluhdorn asked him how much money he needed, zulawski said 2m $, and bluhdorn greenlighted the project on the spot. thats what i call patronage!

bass braille (....), Tuesday, 15 March 2005 00:32 (seventeen years ago) link

six years pass...

Okay. Shit. Wow. This movie is one of the most intense and amazing artistic headfucks I've ever experienced. I have no idea how its flown so far under the radar, unless the majority of people who've seen it just want to forget that they've seen it. Which I can understand. I can safely say that Adjani's subway scene is now permanently burned into my brain. And also: of course she won best actress at Cannes. Most other actors should be shamed by her level of commitment in this film.

Is there a comparable yin to this movie's yang? It's very of a piece with The Tenant and Inland Empire in that it very effectively immerses the viewer in the characters' descent into madness/fragmentation/loss of identity. The deep, dank, dark stuff. I'm just wracking my brain trying to come up with examples of films that present a similarly immersive approach in presenting a more joyful or ecstatic madness. Something of a palate cleanser in a theoretical double bill with Possession, if you will.

SNEEZED GOING DOWN STEPS, PAIN WHEN PUTTING SOCKS ON (Deric W. Haircare), Friday, 15 April 2011 15:31 (eleven years ago) link

p sure there's a zulawski thread on ilx, milton parker is our resident expert

possession's rep is about right, if you buy into the ride it'll mess you up, but most ppl are put off and just go "I can't believe somebody made dis movie"

adjani subway scene is unbelievable, yes

johnny crunch, Friday, 15 April 2011 15:36 (eleven years ago) link

this movie practically gave me a hangover

motivatedgirl (Matt P), Friday, 15 April 2011 18:49 (eleven years ago) link

thread: Andrzej Zulawski

Milton Parker, Monday, 18 April 2011 21:10 (eleven years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Awesome movie, love the way it's acted, everything works. Going to have to watch it again pretty soon.

De Jong Ted Danson (Craigo Boingo), Tuesday, 17 May 2011 23:18 (eleven years ago) link

yay, time to watch this again!

contenderizer, Tuesday, 17 May 2011 23:21 (eleven years ago) link

I want to see this, thought Sam Neill looked pretty hot in the trailer.

Col. Pinkney Lugenbeel (Abbbottt), Wednesday, 18 May 2011 01:58 (eleven years ago) link

it is great! he is super weird. you will not be disappointed.

contenderizer, Wednesday, 18 May 2011 02:11 (eleven years ago) link

I just remember a lot of screaming.

MrDasher, Thursday, 26 May 2011 15:51 (eleven years ago) link

eleven months pass...

This movie was INSANE

polyphonic, Monday, 7 May 2012 01:19 (ten years ago) link

eleven months pass...

This is a great movie

Drugs A. Money, Monday, 15 April 2013 09:03 (nine years ago) link

ten months pass...


but i was basically with it til the last ten minutes.

so Heinz Bennent, Klaus Kinski, and Udo Kier walk into a bar...

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Monday, 17 February 2014 04:59 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

hahahaha, WOW

doctor.quiet.intelligible (WilliamC), Sunday, 27 December 2015 03:12 (six years ago) link

I feel like most romantic dramas would be improved by the addition of Heinrich.

JoeStork, Sunday, 27 December 2015 23:35 (six years ago) link


doctor.quiet.intelligible (WilliamC), Monday, 28 December 2015 00:15 (six years ago) link

watched this on Christmas!

latebloomer, Monday, 28 December 2015 20:45 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

RIP Zulawski

emil.y, Wednesday, 17 February 2016 20:28 (six years ago) link

classic thread opening posts

three frames

Milton Parker, Thursday, 18 February 2016 21:04 (six years ago) link

three years pass...

I swear I've seen a music video or something with someone dancing with exactly the same motions as Isabelle Adjani in the subway scene. Kate Bush?

Dan I., Saturday, 6 April 2019 01:14 (three years ago) link

I rewatched this and Tree of Life in a single evening a few months back. Still don't think my head has fully reassembled itself.

(The incorrect '1982' in the thread title is like a hair fluttering in some indeterminate part of my peripheral vision. Make it go away!)

Hangover Ape (Old Lunch), Saturday, 6 April 2019 03:51 (three years ago) link

my favorite movie of all time

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Saturday, 6 April 2019 04:01 (three years ago) link

i saw a 35 mm print of it at the anthology film archives two months ago, it was one of the most singularly uncomfortable experiences of my life (mostly bc there is no air conditioning in that theater) (the movie is also a succession of discomforts before the spy stuff in the final act takes the wheel but i have seen it more than ten times now). the print was real rough at the start and then gradually cleaned itself up, the last half of it looked so gorgeous

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Saturday, 6 April 2019 04:05 (three years ago) link

It's at least all-time top ten for me, mos def.

Hangover Ape (Old Lunch), Saturday, 6 April 2019 04:46 (three years ago) link

heinrich, what a character

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Saturday, 6 April 2019 04:58 (three years ago) link

fundamentally vulgar structure, the triangle

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Saturday, 6 April 2019 05:00 (three years ago) link

>I swear I've seen a music video or something


Milton Parker, Tuesday, 9 April 2019 02:43 (three years ago) link

it's supposed to be funny, right?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 02:44 (three years ago) link

the heinrich stuff is def supposed to be funny

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 03:10 (three years ago) link

That's a good one Milton, but I've definitely never seen that video before! Whatever I'm half-remembering (if it even exists) involves someone doing exactly the spasmodic hands-in-front-of-face motions that she does at 1:20 in this video https://vimeo.com/129275251 , and exactly the arms down at sides torso-twisting while bending forward and back like what begins at 1:35, and likewise nearly identical motions to what she does at 2:10-2:30. I wouldn't normally pick it apart like this, but I swear it's something (movie? video?) I've seen several times! It's like it's on the tip of my tongue

Dan I., Tuesday, 9 April 2019 03:40 (three years ago) link

oh jesus, it's going to turn out to be a nine inch nails video from the 90's or something isn't it

Dan I., Tuesday, 9 April 2019 03:42 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

Holy shit, this film

josh az (2011nostalgia), Monday, 29 June 2020 08:23 (two years ago) link

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