Possession

dir. Andrzej Zulawski

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A spurned husband (Sam Neill) discovers the gruesome truth of his wife's (Isabelle Adjani) adulterous secret, in this outrageous cult film from Polish provocateur Andrzej Zulawski.

Returning to his Paris home after a business trip, Mark (Sam Neill) discovers that his beautiful wife Anna (Isabelle Adjani) has grown dissatisfied with their marriage and wants a divorce. Obsessively in love with his wife, Mark scoffs at Anna's claims that there is no other man in the picture, and his suspicions seem to be confirmed when his investigations turn up Anna's arrogant, white-suited former lover Heinrich (Heinz Bennent). But both Mark and Heinrich soon discover that Anna's heart might belong to someone — or something — other than either of them. Written and directed by boundary-pushing Polish émigré director Andrzej Zulawski, Possession is one of cinema's most bizarre and truly surreal explorations of love, sex and obsession, a heady, one-of-a-kind blend of European art-house sensibility and horror-movie viscera — the nightmarish, Lovecraftian creature concocted by E.T. creator Carlo Rambaldi is one of the most remarkable (and repulsive) of all pre-CGI special-effects creations.