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Possession

Year:
Duration:
124 min
Genres:
Drama | Horror
IMDB rate:
7.3
Director:
Andrzej Zulawski
Awards:
5 wins & 2 nominations
Details
Country: France
Release Date: 1983-10-28
Filming Locations: 31 Schlesische Straße, Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
Earnings
Opening Weekend: $234,258 (USA) (16 October 1983)
Gross: $1,113,538 (USA) (4 December 1983)
Cast
Actor
Character
Isabelle Adjani
Isabelle Adjani
Possession
Sam Neill
Mark
Margit Carstensen
Margit Gluckmeister
Heinz Bennent
Heinrich
Johanna Hofer
Heinrich's mother
Carl Duering
Detective
Shaun Lawton
Zimmermann
Michael Hogben
Bob
Maximilian Rüthlein
Man with pink socks (as Maximilian Ruethlein)
Thomas Frey
Pink sock's acolyte
Leslie Malton
Sara, woman with club foot
Gerd Neubert
Subway drunk
Kerstin Wohlfahrt
Ilse Bahrs
Karin Mumm
Herbert Chwoika
Barbara Stanek
Ilse Trautschold
Harry Riebauer
Man at the conference (uncredited)
Dragomir Stanojevic
Taxi driver (uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
Sam Waterston was considered for the role of Mark.
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The film originally appeared on the DPP 72 list of UK video nasties. It was banned but never prosecuted, and was eventually passed uncut by the BBFC in 1999.
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Although co-produced by a German Company and shot in Berlin, the Film itself hasn't been released in Germany until late 2009.
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Quotes
Mark: [to Anna] You're my whole family.
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Mark: Love isn't something you can just switch from channel to channel.
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Anna: No one is good or bad, but if you want, I'm the bad one. And if I knew he existed in this world, I would have never had Bob with you!
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Faq
Q
What did I just see?
A
"The movie is an allegory for divorce. The "monster" is actually the product of Adjani's internal guilt, shame and deep sexual desires that have been physically manifested into the external reality. The monster evolves into a replicate of her husband - her idealized husband. Adjani's own doppelganger appears in the form of her lookalike - the school teacher Helen, who is the idealized wife, in Sam Neill's eyes.At the end, when the monster goes back to the house (After Adjani and Neill are killed) the boy begs Helen not to open the door and then promptly drowns himself in the bathtub - the "idealized" husband and wife are reuniting but the boy senses that it is a doomed marriage, as he already knows the troubles of his family life. That is the symbolic meaning behind the whole world ending at the film's end: they are a dysfunctional family unit destined to end destructively. Nothing in this film is literal. Like I said, it is an allegory.The film was in part based on director Zulawski's own ruined marriage and the film on some level explores the devastating effects of divorce and the stress upon the children involved. It isn't really much of a "horror" film in the classic sense as it is a psychological drama."Thanks to parafffin5 for explaining it.
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Photos from cast
Isabelle Adjani