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A woman starts exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior after asking her husband for a divorce. Suspicions of infidelity soon give way to something much more sinister.

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Anna / Helen
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Mark
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Margit Gluckmeister
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Heinrich
Johanna Hofer ...
Heinrich's Mother
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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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Riebauer ...
Man at the Conference (uncredited)
Dragomir Stanojevic ...
Taxi Driver (uncredited)

Directed by

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Andrzej Zulawski

Written by

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Andrzej Zulawski ... (original screenplay)
 
Andrzej Zulawski ... (adaptation) &
Frederic Tuten ... (adaptation)
 
Andrzej Zulawski ... (dialogue) &
Frederic Tuten ... (dialogue)

Produced by

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Marie-Laure Reyre ... producer

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Andrzej Korzynski

Cinematography by

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Bruno Nuytten

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Marie-Sophie Dubus
Suzanne Lang-Willar

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Jutta Omura ... assistant editor
Sabine Prenczina ... assistant editor (as Sabine Marang)

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Holger Gross

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Ingrid Zoré ... (as Ingrid Zore)

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Ronaldo Abreu ... makeup artist
Laurence Azouvy ... assistant makeup artist

Production Management

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Harald Muchametow ... unit manager
Jean-José Richer ... production manager (as Jean-Jose Richer)
Heinz-Jürgen Schmidt ... unit manager
Knut Winkler ... unit manager

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Peter Alteneder ... props
Wolfgang Kallnischkies ... props
Barbara Kloth ... assistant art director
Mario Stock ... props

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Norman Engel ... sound
Karl-Heinz Laabs ... sound
Jacques Maumont ... sound mixer

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Charles-Henri Assola ... special effects
Daniel Braunschweig ... special effects
Carlo Rambaldi ... special effects: the creature

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Willi Neuner ... stunts
Miomir Radevic-Pigi ... stunts (as Radevic Miorier)
Dragomir Stanojevic ... stunts
Herbert Wiczorek ... stunts

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Dieter Ahlich ... electrician
Manfred Bogdahn ... electrician
Ulrich Clauss ... still photographer (as Ullrich Clauss)
Dieter Dentzer ... electrician
Andrzej J. Jaroszewicz ... camera operator (as Andrzej Jaroszewicz)
Peter Kalisch ... assistant camera (as Peter Kalisch)
Idislawe Kielar ... assistant camera
Pascal Marti ... assistant camera
Pat Miller ... electrician
Ernst Simoneit ... grip

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Barbara Lutz ... wardrobe
Helmut Preuss ... wardrobe

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Henry Dutrannoy ... accountant (as Henri Dutrannoy)
Christiane Helle ... continuity
Jürgen Holzheider ... accountant
Ernestine Kahn ... dialogue coach
Eva-Maria Schönecker ... assistant to the director

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Plot Summary

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 investigative firm, learns that Anna's love life is not all that it appears. Anna's true obsession has a somewhat gruesome process and nothing will stop her from reaching her end goal. Written by Huggo

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Taglines She created a monster as her secret lover! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Andrzej Zulawski's Possession (World-wide, English title)
  • The Night the Screaming Stops (United States)
  • La posesión (Spain)
  • Одержимая (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Opetanie (Poland)
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  • 124 min
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Trivia Isabelle Adjani told a French magazine that it took her several years to get over playing Anna. She also said that she'd never take on a similar role. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Celluloid Horror (2004). See more »
Quotes Anna: I can't exist by myself because I'm afraid of myself, because I'm the maker of my own evil.
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