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 time she is unable to draw the line between acting and reality.
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I had myself a little Zulawski film festival, It's pretty much what you think it is: an excuse to see a lot of naked Valérie Kaprisky, which she obliges in a very good-natured way. I just love the director so much because he really seems to bring out amazing/crazy performances from his actors. And it was a little meta.
How is Kaprisky so good in this and so bad in the BREATHLESS remake?? is it Zulawski's talents or the language barrier? Can be read as a companion piece to his TITITL..I find this underrated amongst his underrated...a masterpiece from a still misunderstood filmmaker.
Zulawski's rampage os complete insanity overflows in this one. It's crazy & sexy, playing with metalanguage to show off a little something of art making. As usual, the director strikes a very unique cinema, with chaos and movement in every scene - it's unstoppable and moves you away from feeling any kind of safety: their women are always being chased by invisible threats, and so do we.
The last bit as the credits rolled was so cute and sweet...Valerie Kaprisky was so good in her last Dost scene and dance scenes, so-so in other places. Paris Belongs to Us vibes. Loved the lighting, sets, all of the movie behind the scenes. Least personal favorite of his of what I've seen.
Et Dieu créa Kaprisky ... KAPRISKY dans tous ses états, quel feu ... ! Les candidats pour l'éteindre ne manquent pas ...
On one side this feels like a making of Possession, on the other side there's another level of madness added to the story:
"the second part of the plot is how it relates to young intellectuals, young film-makers. Most of them, very very famous German directors were subsiding and paying for the Red Army, for the terrorist groups, for Baader Meinhof and the people who were blowing capitalists on the streets with bombs
The strangeness of Andrzej Zulawski is always a source of fascination and frustration. La Femme Publique is a surreal story centered around a beautiful woman who gets a part in a film based on Dostoyevsky's The Possessed and gets manipulated by the craziness of the director. Zulawski's storytelling is overall confusing, but his vivid camera work makes you forget the weakness. Still, Possession is his masterpiece. 3+.