July 16th, 2009


more trailers Possession

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A woman's life is thrown into chaos after a freak car accident sends her husband and brother-in-law into comas. Thrills arrive after the brother-in-law wakes up, thinking he's his brother.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 5.5/10 (3,097 voted)

Director: Joel Bergvall

Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Lee Pace, Michael Landes

Jess, a woman whose life turns surreal after an automobile accident leaves both her husband Ryan and her brother-in-law Roman in a coma. Things take an even darker turn when Roman wakes believing that he is Ryan. As Jess tries to deal with these increasingly disturbing events, she also struggles with the possibility that either the spirit of her husband has returned to her or that something very sinister is at work.

Writers: Michael Petroni, Won-mi Byun

Sarah Michelle Gellar - Jess
Lee Pace - Roman
Michael Landes - Ryan
Tuva Novotny - Casey
Chelah Horsdal - Miranda
Dhirendra - Dr. Rajan
Paul Jarrett - Psychiatrist
William B. Davis - Dr. Creane
Veena Sood - Dr. Katz
Peter Bryant - Detective Mills
Jörgen Sandell - Detective #2
Donna Yamamoto - Nurse
Suzanne Bastien - Registrar
Mark Louie - Paramedic #1
Michael Jonsson - Paramedic #2 (as Michael Johnson)

Taglines: Love possesses us


Official Website: Yari Film Group [United States] |

Release Date: 16 July 2009

Filming Locations: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Technical Specs

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Did You Know?

This film was completed in 2007 and was set for a Febuary 2008 wide release in theaters. But due to Yari Film Group (the film's distributor) filing a Chapter 11 protection (Bankruptcy Code), its release was pushed back close to a dozen times, and was then finally given a straight-to-DVD March 2010 release in the United States.

Jessica: [Jessica wants Ryan's brother Roman out of her house] When are we getting our house back?
Ryan: Everybody is always giving Roman a raw deal. He's my brother, I'm not going to do that.
Jessica: I know you don't see it, but he scares me.

User Review

Tragedy and Manipulation

Rating: 6/10

The lawyer Jessica (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is married with her affectionate husband Ryan (Michael Landes) and they lodge Ryan's brother Roman (Lee Pace) in their home. Roman is a violent scum that was defended by his sister-in-law and is presently on probation. When Ryan and Roman have a weird car accident, they are hospitalized in coma with no expectation to survive. However, Roman surprisingly awakes believing that he is Ryan. Jess is forced to bring him home and along the days, Roman has the same behavior and attitudes of Ryan. Further, Roman recollects moments of confidence between Jess and her husband, raising doubts if he is possessed by the soul of Ryan in the emotionally feeble Jess.

"Possession" has an intriguing premise but a poor screenplay and execution. The story of a man possessed by the spirit of his brother could be an excellent horror, thriller, drama or even story of repressed desire. Unfortunately despite of the lovely Sarah Michelle Gellar, the plot is not well developed and has many flaws, like for example the fate of Casey or what would happen with Jessica after killing Roman. This movie is a remake of the Korean "Jungdok" that has not been released in Brazil. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Sombras de um Desejo" ("Shadows of a Desire")