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The Possession

The young daughter of divorced parents is possessed by an evil spirit, and spooky stuff ensues. Screenwriters Juliet Snowden and Stiles White add some interesting elements, such as a monster that comes from Jewish rather than Christian mythology and a surprisingly sensitive depiction of how divorce impacts children. Yet director Ole Bornedal doesn't add a single idea of his own, cribbing the movie's eerie lighting schemes from David Fincher (Zodiac), its hyperrealist mise-en-scene from Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In), and, most predictably, its disquieting intimacy from William Friedkin's The Exorcist. Jeffrey Dean Morgan gives a touching performance as the father, who's struggling to restart his life as a single man, while Kyra Sedgwick does what she can with the mother, a misogynistic stereotype of a cold, vindictive divorcee.



  • Ole Bornedal


  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan
  • Kyra Sedgwick
  • Natasha Calis
  • Madison Davenport
  • Grant Show
  • Matisyahu
  • Rob LaBelle
  • Nana Gbewonyo
  • Anna Hagan
  • Brenda Crichlow
  • Jay Brazeau
  • Iris Quinn
  • Graeme Duffy
  • David Hovan


  • Sam Raimi
  • Robert Tapert
  • J.R. Young
  • Stan Wertlieb
  • Peter Schlessel
  • John Sacchi
  • Nathan Kahane
  • Joe Drake
  • Michael Paseornek
  • Nicole Brown

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