One Good Movie - Breakups
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Relationships are tough. Divorce can be brutal. Then there's Possession.
Set in divided Berlin in 1980, Sam Neil is a spy who returns to find that his wife, Isabelle Adjani, wants a divorce.
But she doesn't explain why she wants a divorce.
From the gonzo performances and sparse locations to the selective production design and precise cinematography, Andrzej Żuławski's film is a banger.
You can read all kinds of metaphors into the film with its deliberate setting, use of doppelgangers, and Carlo Rambaldi's art.
It's a bad breakup film.
It's a psychological meltdown film.
It's a horror film.
There's an 81-minute cut that led the film into obscurity. Yes, I love short films, but please view the superior, original 124-minute version.
It's a classic.
I visited the John Rylands Research Institute and Library last weekend in Manchester. It influenced the design of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films.
No burgers were eaten in Manchester. Though I had fish and chips twice. Once at The Old Wellington and once at The Marble Arch. The Arch was exceptional.
I plan to hit up supper clubs and proper fish fries this summer in Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Let me know if you have any recommendations.