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Possum

New Zealand, 1997 (MIFF 1997, Fiction)

Director: Brad McGann

Pressing tight against the strictures of the social world, the instructions of culture, the model of the family that teaches us to be human, lies the lure of the inhuman the cry of the beast outside our window, the oppressive weight of the forest leaning in towards us the texture of the sky that presses in from above. Possum explores what happens when the tendrils of the inhuman insinuate themselves within the cracks opening up in a fragmenting family, when becoming animal makes more sense than being human.

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