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3,559 Ratings


Directed by Andrzej Żuławski
France, West Germany, 1981
  • English
  • No subtitles


A spiral staircase movie, a never-ending metaphysical game of cat-and-mouse, a moral aspiration to the Heavens, a “spotlight” on God, a scornful detective movie, a horror movie and frightful, high-octane baroque work—Possession is all of that at once.

Our take

Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill square off in this legendary cult film from Polish visionary Andrzej Żuławski, a maddening psychological horror that explores, in bloody detail, the breakdown of a marriage. For her work, Adjani won the Best Actress prize at both Cannes and the Césars.

Possession Directed by Andrzej Żuławski

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1981 | Winner: Best Actress

1981 | Nominee: Palme d'Or

São Paulo International Film Festival

1981 | Winner: Critics Award

César Awards

1982 | Winner: Best Actress

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