"This is a prophetic tale about those who try to change the world through violence" To me, this echoes Zulawski's own unspoken mantra. With every film he makes, he has something to say. He has a point of view. I may not understand it, or I may and disagree, but he always has something to say. His films demand your attention and he'll go to any means to grab it, including violence, present in almost all of his work-
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.
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
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.
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+.