MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 417 this week

Possession (1981)

 -  Drama | Horror  -  28 October 1983 (USA)
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 9,413 users  
Reviews: 105 user | 94 critic

During a secretive business trip away, Mark learns that his wife Anna is growing restless in what he believed was their happy marriage. Upon his return home, he learns from her that she ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(original screenplay), (adaptation), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 27 titles
created 17 Dec 2012
 
a list of 41 titles
created 21 Jul 2013
 
a list of 38 titles
created 3 months ago
 
a list of 26 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Possession" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Possession (1981)

Possession (1981) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Possession.

User Polls

5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Servais Mont, a photographer, meets Nadine Chevalier who earns her money starring in cheap soft-core movies. Trying to help her, he borrows the money from the loan sharks to finance the ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Zulawski
Stars: Romy Schneider, Fabio Testi, Jacques Dutronc
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An unexperienced young actress is invited to play a role in a film based on Dostoyevsky's 'The Possessed'. The film director, a Czech immigrant in Paris, takes over her life, and in a short... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Zulawski
Stars: Valérie Kaprisky, Francis Huster, Lambert Wilson
Drama | Horror | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Set during the occupation of Poland during World War II. Some German soldiers, slaughter a woman, her son and daughter-in-law. The husband and his father escape by being in the forest. The ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Zulawski
Stars: Malgorzata Braunek, Leszek Teleszynski, Jan Nowicki
Fidelity (2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Director: Andrzej Zulawski
Stars: Sophie Marceau, Pascal Greggory, Guillaume Canet
Musical | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The film is based on the musical recording of the famous opera by Modest Mussorgsky about the tragic events surrounding the ruling of the Russian tsar Boris in the early 17th century. The ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Zulawski
Stars: Ruggero Raimondi, Kenneth Riegel, Pavel Slabý
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

After the successful bank robbery Micky hopes to take back his girlfriend Mary who has been taken from him by the brothers Venin. On the way to Paris he meets one Leon, a neurotic and ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Zulawski
Stars: Sophie Marceau, Francis Huster, Tchéky Karyo
In My Skin (2002)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A woman grows increasingly fascinated with her body after suffering a disfiguring accident.

Director: Marina de Van
Stars: Marina de Van, Laurent Lucas, Léa Drucker
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Lucas has invented a new computer language but at the same time he has been informed about his strange terminal illness during which he has been gradually losing his memory. Shortly after ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Zulawski
Stars: Sophie Marceau, Jacques Dutronc, Valérie Lagrange
La note bleue (1991)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

the film covers the last few days of fragile Chopin's professional life.

Director: Andrzej Zulawski
Stars: Marie-France Pisier, Janusz Olejniczak, Sophie Marceau
The Devil (1972)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

During the Prussian army's invasion to Poland in 1793, a young Polish nobleman Jakub is saved from the imprisonment by a stranger who wants in return to obtain a list of Jakub's fellow ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Zulawski
Stars: Malgorzata Braunek, Michal Grudzinski, Iga Mayr
Cosmos (2015)
Drama
Director: Andrzej Zulawski
Stars: Sabine Azéma
Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A small group of cosmic explorers, including a woman, leaves Earth to find freedom and start a new civilization. They do not realize that within themselves they carry the end of their own ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Zulawski
Stars: Andrzej Seweryn, Jerzy Trela, Grazyna Dylag
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Anna / Helen
...
Mark
Margit Carstensen ...
Margit Gluckmeister
Heinz Bennent ...
Heinrich
Johanna Hofer ...
Heinrich's mother
Carl Duering ...
Detective
...
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
Edit

Storyline

During a secretive business trip away, Mark learns that his wife Anna is growing restless in what he believed was their happy marriage. Upon his return home, he learns from her that she wants a divorce. They both go through a series of different emotions related to their situation, Mark's which is generally obsessive about learning why Anna, who he still loves, wants the divorce, and Anna's which is generally increasingly histrionic in getting away from Mark. Caught in the middle is their infant son Bob, who Mark uses as a gage to Anna's mental state. Anna states that her want for the divorce is not because of another man, but Mark finds out that Anna has a lover named Heinrich. In the meantime, Mark also meets Bob's teacher Helen, who looks exactly like Anna, but is her polar opposite in temperament. Starting a relationship with Helen lessens his obsession with Anna. But as Mark and Anna's encounters together reach more emotional and violent levels, Mark, with help of a private ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

She created a monster as her secret lover! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

| |

Release Date:

28 October 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Night the Screaming Stops  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Sam Waterston was considered for the role of Mark. See more »

Quotes

Anna: Goodness is only some kind of reflection upon evil. That's all it is.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

She's the maker of her own evil
3 July 2008 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

Surely other Zulawski movies like "La femme publique" and "L'important c'est d'aimer" have dark, disturbing moments, too, but "Possession" must be the most terrifying of them all. It all begins perfectly normal, like something that could happen every day, anywhere in your neighborhood: Anna (Adjani) leaves Mark (Sam Neill), she confesses she found a new lover already a year ago, and then the breaking up of their marriage naturally affects their little son, too. "I'm the maker of my own evil", Anna says once, and the evil she creates is visualized literally as a slimy demon, whereas Mark "creates" a school teacher looking exactly like Anna (and also played by Adjani), a woman so pure and innocent they go to bed together without having sex, and of course the idealized woman immediately takes care of his son ... and the dish washing ;-). The torment and hysteria of destroyed love is perfectly set in a Berlin before reunification, with the wall appearing countless times in the frame: an obvious symbol that divides what used to belong together, just like the characters in the movie. The "possessed" Adjani delivers an unforgettable performance, but if you are going to watch this, be prepared for more blood and guts than in "The Exorcist".


24 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
New Region One blu-ray from Mondo-Vision is simply gorgeous rabbit-room
what a piece of junk heatseeker72
taking the piss denham
Similar movies (besides the Brood)? WarNerve626
My interpretation Ken_Slagg
UK film critic Mark Kermode heisenberg83
Discuss Possession (1981) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?