Film Review: Posesif

Posted on 27 Oktober 2017

“First love isn’t always beautiful. This is a story about finding hope and courage.”

Posesif follows the story about Lala (Putri Marino), an athlete whose life turned upside down after meeting her first love, a new guy in school called Yudhis (Adipati Dolken). Spoiler: this isn’t your ordinary lighthearted love story, this is the dark side of romance. Boldly touching the subject of abusive and toxic relationship, this is perhaps a film that many could relate to.

The movie began with lighthearted high school romance but steadily climbed into a gripping suspense. Endearing in the beginning, Yudhis soon revealed to be an obsessive lover who’s extremely jealous of Lala’s childhood friend. His sweet promises concealed something sinister and Lala has already been trapped. Abusive relationship can be difficult to escaped because it is often that the abused make excuses for the abuser. In a vicious cycle, Lala’s naivety allowed her to forgive Yudhis’s abuse because he would plead with all of his might.

Everybody knows that relationships can messy, some more than others. The film successfully highlighted a very real issue that happens more often than we think. It was able to capture the abusers and abused immaculately. Not only physical, Lala was psychologically abused as well. “Psychological abuse occurs when a person in the relationship tries to control information available to another person with intent to manipulate that person's sense of reality or their view of what is acceptable and not acceptable.” said couple counselor Marni Feuerman. Yudhis tried to convince Lala that she has no one else but him and to the extent of saying that her own father had leave her. Manipulation and verbal abuse are signs that one’s in a toxic relationship. This commonly happens that it is easily disregarded, because in domestic violence, many still cling to the idea that it only counts as abuse when physical assault is involved. In many cases, people find it difficult to let go of toxic relationships because the abused might be manipulated to think that they are at fault and convinced that they can change the abuser. Just like how Lala blamed herself when her friend advised her to put an end to her toxic relationship. If Yudhis seems like a bad guy by now, you might be surprised to learn that he’s also a victim of abuse. Curious yet?

On a lighter note, Jirapah’s Ken Jenie and Mar Galo were appointed as the music directors. Known as experimental musicians, they did not shy away from using poppy tracks that the audience might recognize. Kudos to them for curating a stunning collection of soundtracks, including classic Sheilla on 7’s “Dan” that we still love today. Overall, the movie is more than enjoyable. It’s fun to watch, it’s thought-provoking, relatable, and filled with twist and turns. Another great work from Indonesian silver screen.

(image via Palari Films) 

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