Possession contains multitudes. Andrzej Żuławski’s film is, on one level, a low-budget horror flick of its era with a tentacled monster at its heart. It’s also, through the central relationship between Sam Neill and Isabelle Adjani’s married couple, a cathartic expressionist exorcism of the director’s own painful divorce—Kramer vs. Kramer with lunging cameras, doppelgangers, and gushing demonic ichor. It’s also about the Cold War, Soviet-era divided Berlin, and maybe the end of the world. Once a cult classic, its uncanny powers and an astonishing performance from Adjani have quietly erased the “cult” part.

1981 Dir. Andrzej Żuławski. 1.66:1 Color DCP 128 min. In English, French and German with English subtitles.