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In Roman Polanski's first English-language film, beautiful young manicurist Carole suffers from androphobia (the pathological fear of interaction with men). When her sister and roommate, Helen, leaves their London flat to go on an Italian holiday with her married boyfriend, Carole withdraws into her apartment. She begins to experience frightful hallucinations, her fear gradually mutating into madness.
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“I must get this crack mended.”
What we have here is a failure to communicate. Just as bad is the failure to observe. They are failures with which we all are overly familiar, whether we know it or not. Lost in a haze of tact and duplicity and feigned invulnerability and self-loathing, we keep what we think to ourselves. A wise and proper move at times; a misleading and destructive bit of stonewalling at others. And as we’re being selectively tight-lipped, we turn inward to consider what we should not consider sharing. Too focused on our navels to notice others' miscommunication and carefully chosen silence, to truly read between the lines and see them and their concerns.…
There is something uniquely intriguing about watching a talented filmmaker trying to find his footing in one of his first films, especially in a setting where he is in total control, namely the mind of his protagonist.
To me true horror comes in the shape of losing control. This film is about that and it is unrelenting in the terror that Catherine Deneuve suffers through. She is slowly losing her mind and that gradual process is depicted beautifully.
Polanski tenaciously tightens the screws and always keeps you as a viewer unaware when he is going to make a transition from the real world to Deneuve's delusions. These transitions are so smooth that they have a very unsettling effect. What struck…
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''I must get this crack mended.''
How does one portray the psychological manifestation of dementia cinematically with minimal funds and vast imagination? Well if you can achieve even half of what Roman Polanski does with his sophomore film, then you would be on the right track. With a slow-burn European sensibility, building atmosphere and tension before showing you it's hand, Repulsion has gone onto to be revered with the greats, despite Polanski's ambivalence towards the film: “Repulsion is the shoddiest—technically well below the standard I try to achieve.”, but this sounds like a man who remembers only the struggle to fight for funds to achieve his ultimate goal.
Throwing the viewer into the middle of the story with barely any…
Cracking walls; cracking pavement; cracking psyche.
What Roman Polanski and his crew do with sound here is just incredible. Obviously much of the praise for Repulsion’s intensely claustrophobic and at times truly horrifying atmosphere is due to the fidgety discomfort of Catherine Deneuve’s performance and the dark distortions of Gilbert Taylor’s cinematography, but what I couldn’t get over from the start of the movie to the end was the way it used sound to instill a haunting disquiet—and they way it pulls all the sound out of particularly horrifying scenes. Prolonged silence. A bell tolls too many times. Water drips incessantly from an unseen faucet. A woman’s frightened voice pierces through closed windows and doors, screaming from oblivion, voicing the…
Repulsion shows off a few skeletons.
Polanski established early in his career his knack for setting up tension. This movie has a supreme attention to detail. No clues are given at the start about where this movie may be heading, but you'll soon find yourself neck deep. Catherine Denevue supervises your stay in her cramped, deluded, surreal apartment. The stay gets stranger with time.
This is a movie that pushed boundaries. It is the first movie to feature a female orgasm that got by the British Board of Film Censors. It has a few scenes that must have had audiences walking out of the theater. Set mostly in a small apartment (Rosemary's Baby much?) this is so clearly a Roman…
From the director of Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown & The Pianist, Repulsion is Roman Polanski's first English-language film and is also the first chapter in what eventually became his Apartment trilogy. Shot on a modest budget, filmed in black-n-white and addressing the themes of repressed sexuality, past trauma & mental illness, this psychological horror is amongst his better works.
Set in London, Repulsion tells the story of Carol; a young woman who shares an apartment with her older sister, works as a manicurist at a beauty salon, sleepwalks through most of her days and is extremely awkward around men. Things are set in motion when her sister decides to go on a vacation with her boyfriend, leaving Carol alone in the apartment where…
A claustrophobic drama from director Roman Polanski.
Few films leave me as conflicted and uneasy as this one. I feel like I'm doing something wrong whenever I watch it, listening too close to another person's conversation. The film is memorizing in its beauty, hypnotic in its ugliness.
In camp terms it's Silent Hill 4 on a bad acid trip, in the art world it's a timeless insight into the inert mind on a crash course.
An early Polanski masterwork.
what a movie this was ahead of it's time and very surreal as i am sure it had an influence on many directors of surreal and obscure movies...if you like dark movies and Film Noir then you will love this one...i am a big fan of Roman Polanski's and if you like His movies then you will surly enjoy this!
Boy, this movie sure is ironic.
I liked how the movie seemed very realistic.
Frightening. Catherine Denueve is wonderful. Cut from the same cloth as Rosemary's Baby and while not my favorite Polanski, it is still masterful in its cinematography, set design, and editing.
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