The desire to possess swings like a pendulum in this strangely enigmatic teen romance thriller.
Lala falls in love with Yudhis, a transfer student in her high school. As the initial euphoria of the relationship subsides, Lala’s declining affections lead to Yudhis’ growing suspicions. As he succumbs into manic tendencies, Lala starts to suspect that her male friend’s near fatal casualty might not be an accident after all. Lala finds her way out of an abusive relationship, but discovers that an inexplicable bond ties her back to Yudhis.
Director Edwin’s foray into mainstream cinema brings in a hefty dose of fear and eternity into the teenage romance genre. It reasserts his provocative use of cinema, and might even challenge hardcore cinephiles. Posesif deconstructs the psyche behind possessiveness by tracking its causes, but goes further in its conceptualisation of desire. Rules of attraction move like clockwork, reaching the threshold of mythological abstraction in his portrait of a relationship.
Cast & Credits
Edwin is a prominent Indonesian filmmaker known for his uncompromising body of work. His debut feature Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly (2008) won the FIPRESCI prize in Rotterdam, and Postcards from the Zoo (2012) was nominated for the Berlin Bear at the Berlinale. Posesif is his first commercial feature film.
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