ISABELLE ADJANI – “PULL MARINE” (1983)
Everyone close to me is now thankfully obsessed with Possession, the shamanic and completely unique 1981 horror film about divorce starring Sam Neill and Isabelle Adjani. This is a “holy fucking shit!” kind of film experience which I’ve been waiting to lay on my friend base for ages now; it was written and directed by the incredible, unmistakable Andrzej Zulawski, the Polish filmmaker whose work has unfortunately barely made a dent in the U.S., but enjoys a solidly insane reputation in Europe and elsewhere.
My theater (The Cinefamily) just concluded a full retrospective of Zulawski’s films, and the retro included a week-long run of the brand-new 35mm print of Possession. This was the one film series which we’ve wanted to do since we opened in 2007 — and in March 2012, we finally got our wish.
Since she appeared on the film scene in the ’70s, Adjani has always been viewed as a (ahem!) peculiar personality, and “Pull Marine”, which appeared in 1983, was her lone skewed foray into the world of pop music. Anchored by a titular hit single written by Serge Gainsbourg, the album was a million-seller in France, and is a terrific ride through the Gallic pop funhouse. Adjani’s voice is one that perks up your ears: it’s impassioned, anxiety-laden, and makes you feel like she could deliver a soft punt to your throat at any time. Doesn’t sound punky, or violent — just on the edge of a sublime breakdown.
The music video for “Pull Marine” is an amazing object all its own, filled with bugged-out imagery that looks ripped straight out of a Zulawski film!