Possessor

Possessor ★★★★

Always love when movies with this much panache are really about something, and boy does this thing have ideas. There's stuff about identity, agency, and privatization eclipsing government interference, but the idea I found most cogent was how work can eclipse someone's entire life and eat them from the inside out. Vos has long been consumed with her work, its effects already poisoning the relationship with her family. To see the the physical toll its taking on her, and the way she (as so many workers in late stage capitalism do) ignores her health in interest of keeping her job and earning higher wages, is scarier than any of the images in this.

Not nearly as gruesome as I had been led to believe, both by virtue of who Brandon's father is and by how people talk about this movie. The visualization of this wrestling for control in the host's mind though, was some of the most wild visual filmmaking I've seen in quite some time. The look and sound of most of the movie is really polished, a surreal contrast to the grim and twisted content of the movie itself. Music is skin-crawly in just the right way, and Christopher Abbott absolutely rips to round out the technical excellence on display. An ending I don't think I fully "got", but man what a ride.