Paul Miller, Ole Bornedal, Sam Raimi and ArcLight Cinemas - Matthew Paul Miller, Ole Bornedal, Sam Raimi, Natasha Calis Tuesday 28th August 2012 The premiere of 'The Possession' held at ArcLight Cinemas - Arrivals
A loving and happy young girl called Em Brenek buys an intriguing antique box whilst at a yard sale with her Mom and Dad, Clyde and Stephanie. Em becomes increasingly obsessed with the box when she opens it and her behaviour begins to get more and more volatile and aggressive. Little did any of them know that the box, which was extremely difficult to open initially, contained a dibbuk; a dislocated malevolent spirit known in Jewish folklore to possess its host and eventually kill them.
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Forensic photographer Jonas (Berthelsen) narrates his own story, Sunset Blvd-style, through a series of flashbacks. After rescuing the helpless, beautiful Julia (Hemse), he allows her family to think he's her boyfriend. He knows he should tell the truth, but the mystery is too inviting, and when she wakes from her coma, her memory and vision cloud her understanding. The problem is that Jonas is married to Mette (Fich), and as he obsesses over Julia he begins to forget who he really is.
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Bornedal's sap is Jonas (Anders W. Berthelsen), a police crime scene photographer who lives with his wife and two children in some dead-soul Copenhagen high-rise that he can't afford and still smells of paint. It's a grim life, photographing dead people while his colleagues make self-consciously bad jokes and his midlife crisis churns in overdrive. But Bornedal -- after a stylized opening sequence that tosses out a trio of teaser scenes, including one showing Jonas bleeding to death in the rain -- doesn't do much with Jonas' ennui before throwing the other woman at him and cranking up the noir. It's a whopper of an entry, with Julia's car smashing into Jonas's, after which she slips into a coma and awakes with no memory to find Jonas saying that he's her lover Sebastian, whom her family had heard about but never met. In the first of several hard-to-swallow developments, Jonas is mistaken by Julia's family for Sebastian when he shows up at the hospital to check up on her, and he never corrects them -- he's got a fatale to fall for.
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