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The nightmare world of a virgin's dreams becomes the screen's shocking reality!
Carol, a Belgian manicurist living with her sister, Helen, in a London flat, is simultaneously attracted and repulsed by sex. Carol's awkward feelings towards men are worsened by her sister's affair with a married man. When the pair go away on holiday, leaving Carol alone in the apartment, her moments of catalepsy and hallucination increase and deepen 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…
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…
It's Halloween season, and a small group of us decided on Repulsion from a stack of films that included The Shining, Ghostbusters, Eyes Without A Face, The Descent, among others. Repulsion was a film that they wouldn't have seen otherwise had I not brought it to their attention. It's great to have friends like this!
We are taken into the world of the beautiful blonde Carol (Catherine Deneuve), who we see right away is a little off. She is constantly distant as an interested Colin tries to pursuit her. She sits alone at work at the nail salon, insisting nothing is wrong when given a helping hand. She buries her head in her pillow as her sister & sister's boyfriend go…
The first hour or so makes up such a perfect anxiety nightmare that it bummed me out when it went a more typical (albeit eventful) route of "her madness is making her KILL!" The Polanski that made me squirm during mundane scenes in Rosemary's Baby purely through the power of his mise-en-scene is multiplied by five here, to the point where it got too much for me and I had to pause the movie to go do chores. Polanski's famous claustrophobic interiors find their counterpoint in this film's uneasy handheld exteriors, where pounding percussive jazz music assaults Catherine Deneuve and the audience and the entire world, it feels like.
Even as it gets more typically, fantastically, surreal by the end…
Psychological horror, Roman Polanski's first English language film, certainly hits it's marks and what it wants to do, the Apartment setting works also and much use out of it. Lots going in she to elements here.
This film is the most profound and consistent experience of unease I have ever encountered. The scene wherein Collin monologues to Carol while the neighbor watches from across the hall made me want to scream over and over again.
My 2nd favorite of Polanski's "apartment trilogy". It doesn't beat around the bush as much as The Tenant, but it also isn't as incredibly executed as Rosemary's Baby. That being said, it's still a fine piece of horror and yet another frantic study of the human descent into madness.
Incredible claustrophobic, paranoid and repulsive slice of 60s cinema. This Stylish, edgy and gripping film is an early near masterpiece from Polanski - truly a unique vision successfully captured on screen with it's wonderfully twisted sensory overload, this must have blown minds on release in 65 and still has a heavy impact today. Polanski was well on his way to becoming one of the most important directors of the era.
This film shows us about how women are being seen in the eyes of men, which is demeaning, and this film captured the invincibility of women when they were attacked. Disgustingly, some men would find that sexy, and look that up as a fetish, and make women as sex objects all over again, like they can be won over by catcalling or lame lunch dates.
Roman Polanski created a really empowering film, yet somehow frustrating and frightening at the same time. It was beautiful, and nightmarish.
The camerawork is outstanding and at one point the plot just goes haywire. It is just pretty interesting to see Polanski's take on this woman's complete loss of connection to reality, and because of this you can't really tell what is real and what is just a subconscious addition until the very end. Catherine Deneuve is incredibly beautiful and the director already is a master at his craft. It's a psychological kind of freaky.
Repulsion is amazing. If you like Polanski watch it. If you like Aronofsky watch it. Basically the downwards spiral into madness and neglect of a socially inept but beautiful girl. Eerie, intense, and unsettling. The score is amazing as well.
Building tension on quiet moments, "Repulsion" is a masterclass in psychological horror.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…