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The nightmare world of a virgin's dreams becomes the screen's shocking reality!
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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
''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…
" I must get this crack mended." Carol's sister thinks aloud. It is a passing observation of Carol's sister. But as Carol looks at the innocuous crack coming down the wall -- she sees something far more sinister than a handyman can repair.
Roman Polanski's 1965 English filmmaking debut has retained a deeply disturbing sense of paranoia and horror that creeps in and stays under your skin longer after the credits roll.
Catherine Deneuve may not have been a technically-trained actor, but you would be hard-pressed to find a more naturalistic and realistic descent into insanity.
Polanski as always claimed he knew very little if anything about human psychology, but even now this film fits a casebook study of PTSD-driven…
An excellent horror movie about paranoia that simply gets better as you watch it more. Roman Polanski's Repulsion plays around with the senses as you're sitting through it and leaves something to stick around once it's over. Whatever it is that Polanski shows us to leave something sticking with you about Repulsion, whether it be Catherine Deneuve's gripping performance (probably my favourite role of the actress together with Buñuel's Belle de Jour and Demy's The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) or that haunting image at the very ending, it's all very effective. Polanski pulls you into the world of Carol Ledoux and locks you inside of her mind, where you will be finding her demons catching up with you when you least expect them to come about.
Part of my 5 Directors x 5 Unseen Films (5) challenge.
Polish writer-director Roman Polanski chose to set his first English-language film in London. It stars French actress Catherine Deneuve as a beauty salon manicurist named Carol Ledoux, who is gradually succumbing to madness.
Her slip from reality begins slowly. She first loses focus at her job and begins daydreaming. She bites her nails and seems to have no appetite. She's apparently afraid of being touched, too, especially by men, and she no longer wants to be around her boyfriend Colin (John Fraser).
It doesn't help that Carol's sister Helen Ledoux (Yvonne Furneaux), with whom she lives, is banging a married guy named Michael (Ian Hendry) and having him over…
Wow, this film is phenomenal. Roman Polanki's direction in this film is superb, with his slow camera movements and attention to detail. This is a slow film but that's also what makes it so effective. Catherine Deneuve's performance as Carol is flawless. Most of this film takes place in her flat and it feels so claustrophobic and surreal like Catherine. The final shot in this film is very haunting. This is a very intense and dark psychological horror film.
Man fuck that rabbit.
Roman Polanski is one of those directors that I feel like on a moral basis alone, I shouldn't be interested in. I shouldn't want to watch any of his films, nevertheless enjoy them. However, if you do separate the artist from their art, then objectively speaking Repulsion is a fantastically dark, twisted tale. It's superbly well acted, with Catherine Deneuve in particular fantastic as the Belgian younger sister in a London flat, unable to cope with the stresses of relationships and work. The culminating 20 minutes are incredibly tense and caps of a very fine film indeed.
At times incredibly boring while at other times incredibly terrifying, Repulsion is a curious psychological horror film that I don't believe quite achieved what it set out to do. Polanski's direction is fantastic, that's a given, and he is able to stage a number of unnerving scenes. Deneuve is, likewise, excellent in her role. What's most interesting about this film, however, is it's dealing with sex and sexual panic. Carol is an incredibly gorgeous, sexy woman but she is downright frightened of sex and by extension men. Carol's looks also get in her way, as men leer and intimidate her all throughout the movie. Carol doesn't know how to cope with this attention, often times never even saying an unkind…
Knepig film om en tjej som långsamt, helt utan anledning, blir mer och mer galen. Några påhittiga och effektiva avbildningar av hennes sinnesförvirring i form av t.ex. väggar som spricker, men man måste vänja sig med att titta på Catherine Deneuve som i långa sträckor stirrar in i kameran med vidöppna ögon.
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