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Les possédés (1988)

In 1870 Russia, a group of young and idealistic anarchists plots to overthrow the established order through violent means.

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Andrzej Wajda
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Maria Shatov
Jutta Lampe Jutta Lampe ... Maria Lebjadkin
Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu ... Lisa
Bernard Blier ... Le gouverneur
Jean-Philippe Écoffey ... Peter Verchovenskij
Laurent Malet ... Kirillov
Jerzy Radziwilowicz ... Sjatov
Omar Sharif ... Stepan
Lambert Wilson ... Nikolaj Stavrogin
Philippe Chambon Philippe Chambon ... Chigalev
Jean-Quentin Châtelain Jean-Quentin Châtelain ... Virguinski
Rémi Martin Rémi Martin ... Erkel
Serge Spira Serge Spira ... Fedka
Wladimir Yordanoff ... Lebjadkin
Zbigniew Zamachowski ... Liamchine
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This story begins in 1870 at a little town somewhere in Russia. It processed the real "Nyecsajev story". A group of young revolutionists wanna ruin the system with violence. They think this is the only chance to reform the old Russian Society. The leader of this group is Pierre. Written by Kornel Osvart <kornelo@alphanet.hu>

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

24 February 1988 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Os Possessos See more »

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Budget:

$575,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Auditorium XIX)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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A total disaster.
10 December 2019 | by jromanbakerSee all my reviews

Thanks to a French DVD I was able to see again a film I saw in Paris in the late 1980's. I thought it a mess then, but on seeing it again I realised just how much I disliked it. I will not go into the politics of the book or the intention of adapting it to the screen by Wajda. It is what is there on the screen that matters. It is hysterical in the worst way possible, and played like an amateur dramatic company totally out of control. Isabelle Huppert came to life for the little time she was on the screen ( her entrance in a silly hat and round glasses was risible, but as soon as she had taken both off she performed admirably ). Not one of the other actors came anywhere near her and spent most of their time having to mouth the ranting dialogue. Stavrogin as played by Lambert Wilson was a disappointment, but then again ' demonic ' music seemed to accompany him with every entrance. As for the others they either over-acted or played as being ' saintly '. The ending to ' holy ' music was maudlin beyond belief, and certainly was not as Dostoyevsky had written it. In my opinion it should have been made in Russian and not in French, but even then I feel Wajda would have failed. A cold film ruined by melodrama.


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