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A very strange film...,
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This review is from: Possession [DVD]  (DVD)
I like horror films. I rather enjoy 'video nasties' as they were called, though merely to laugh at what was considered the worst of the worst back in the day before internet access to anything... This film however wasn't like anything I'd expected. I thought it would be silly to watch, a mess of cheap gore and over acting. Instead it contains one of the most phenomenal - and disturbing! - performances I've ever seen. Isabelle Adjani quite simply goes insane. Her performance is riveting. I found my fists clenched on numerous occasions, near breathless at the sheer depths she must have delved to find such energy, such madness! Zulawski's direction - his use of tracking shots, relentlessly following his actors, keeping the camera right in their faces, pulling out the very last morsel - must have been a nightmare to contend with.
The film is filled with symbols. It has no clear story, seeming at its heart to explore the break down of a marriage, but there is a great deal simmering underneath, and too much to fully comprehend on a single viewing. I found the whole film so oddly disconcerting, and yet for no specific reason. Though bloody, there is nothing overtly over the top in the gore department, while the near instant shifts in Neal's and Adjani's acting, from stylised control, to absolute edge-of-your-seat hysteria is breathtaking. I'm sure this isn't a film everyone will warm to, but I most certainly did. I think the trick is to give up on finding meaning, and just sit back and be engulfed in a very strange experience!