Possession

Synopsis: 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 invest
Genre: Drama, Horror
Director(s): Andrzej Zulawski
Production: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  5 wins & 4 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.4
Rotten Tomatoes:
83%
R
Year:
1981
124 min
8,376 Views


You can't just say you don't know,

that's what you said on the phone.

When will you know?

I don't know.

Do you want me to spend the night

somewhere else? In a hotel, or something?

Do you want us to... meet later on,

we could talk more calmly, do you...

Do you need more time?

What, what do you need?

What has happened? -Bob knows

that you are coming back today.

Well, I can...

I can pick him up after school and

take him... to the zoo, or something.

Come and admire him.

Maybe all couples go

through this. -Yeah.

One mustn't be afraid.

-No.

One must speak honestly.

-Is it difficult?

Is it difficult?

I haven't been much help, but I

finished that job now, it's over.

Maybe I was asking for too much.

I was the one who had the right to ask.

I know!

-No you don't.

Who was I doing it for, after all?

Were you unfaithful to me?

The truth is, not really. Were you?

There's always someone else when

these things happen. -Not in this case.

Alright, well... What's

happened to us is just...

is just natural, feelings... change.

But without you I wouldn't

feel anything at all.

What do you feel now?

Are you really interested?

No.

There you are, you see, it's the same

with me. I don't even want you now.

What time did you meet him?

-Eight thirty.

Where?

-In the park.

Was he willing?

-Yes, verbally.

Did you sense or detect weariness in him?

No, a correct appraisal of the realities.

Is it making him bitter?

-No, greedy.

But you felt his power.

-You mean, did I feel fear?

No, because that would have prevented

me answering all your questions.

How many vials did he

take with him? -Two.

What procedure have you

devised for contacting him again?

It's all in my report.

I suggest it's more economical

to fill in my successor.

We don't feel there's a

need for a successor.

I've completed my job.

-Brilliantly.

That's why we want to rehire you.

It's out of the question.

And what would be the

reason for your refusal? -Family.

Oh, couldn't we be of

some help there? -No.

Wouldn't it be advisable for you to

reconsider? -I'm unable to do that.

Would you be unable for a long time?

-I hope not.

Aren't you allowing feelings to prevent

you from answering your own questions?

Exactly why I advise you

to hire my successor.

Good, any questions?

Does our subject still wear pink socks?

Anna?

It's me.

-Anna?

I am downtown.

Well, why downtown?

I've been waiting all day.

I need some time to think.

-What do you mean, to think.

Think about what?

-To think about me!

Well, where are you,

when will you...

Hello?

-Margit, this is Mark.

Now, I know there's no sympathy

between us, and it's, uh,

hard for me to ask you for help, but...

you're her only friend.

Now, just tell me the truth.

She has somebody?

-She wished you'd say or do something.

Something to reinstall you.

You know, a magic wave of the wand.

You arrived sooner than expected, Mark.

Yeah, sure, this is all my fault.

Now, how long has this been going on?

Quite long.

-Who is he? -Oh, Mark!

I don't... Your wife

keeps her own secrets.

Margit.

I don't have a magic wand,

I don't intend to hang on.

But make her talk to me, it'll

be the way that she wants.

But this is not ...

proper. Please.

Yes?

-We're over, Mark.

You have someone.

-Yes.

For a long time?

-Does it matter?

Yes!

-Yes.

Do you... sleep with him?

-Yes.

Do you like it?

-Yes.

More than with me?

-Yes.

I see.

How do you intend to live now?

-We have to discuss it.

Now.

-As you want.

Half an hour, at the Cafe Einstein.

I'm too far for half an hour.

You calling from there?

-Yes.

Is he listening?

-No.

But he is there.

-Yes.

Will 800 a month for Bob

be enough? -I suppose.

Will you move in with him

or keep the apartment?

I'll keep it if you allow me to.

I've decided not to see Bob.

At all?

-At all.

How can you say that?

He's gonna be f***ed up enough as it is,

I don't want to f*** him up even

more by playing Sunday Daddy.

What were you to him, anyway?

-Precisely.

But... He knows you,

he's used, he needs a--

A real father, full time?

Well, I thought I could be, coming

home from the wars, so to speak.

You say it's better with him

than with me. -I get bored of it.

Tell me.

I think what you want

to do to Bob is just...

Inhuman? So what you're

doing must be human.

How long is it gonna last?

-I don't know. -One week, two weeks?

And how do you dispose of ideas

like... like honesty, and loyalty?

If I could only believe that it

happened cleanly, at first sight...

Okay. If it makes things easier,

I was in his bed the first night

I met him, if you have to know.

What do you expect of me,

look what you're doing!

No one is good or bad,

but if you want, I'm the bad one.

And if I knew he existed in this world,

I would have never had Bob with you!

Get out! Get out!

Good morning. May I help you?

Do you need any help?

Hello?

How ... How long have I ...

How long have I been here?

Three weeks, sir.

What happened? It's Daddy.

Mommy said she would be

right back, but she never came.

Then Margit called and

told me to be brave.

Because she had broke her leg, and

she had to go to the hospital.

You've been alone for a long time?

Look, I got a new boat.

Did you get it from Mommy?

No, from Uncle Heinrich.

Long ago?

Yes.

-Yesterday?

No, before you come back from far away.

Okay, little piggy. Come on,

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