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.
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…
I have never been that big of a Polanski fan, i don't have a specific problem with him, but i have never watched a film of his and thought to myself ''man, this guy is great, i need to watch more of him''. With this, I have now watched the apartment trilogy in backwards order, which is just what i do baby, that's my style. This is the stand-out of the trilogy for me; the most uncomfortable, it's cryptic enough to merit intrigue past its runtime, aesthetically pleasing and impeccably crafted. One day i will watch them all consecutively.
His style is evident (in this trilogy at least), he plays it sinister, a slow decent, decay, to build very slowly…
If I ever go mad, I wonder if this is how it will look?
Deneuve crumbles into total madness, losing her grip on reality as we, too, question what we're seeing. This one is a slow burn, spending a good 40 minutes following our lovely lady around her daily life as she becomes ever more detached. Nothing happens, but you instantly feel a sense a of building dread -- especially thanks to Polanski's use of sound and images.
Speaking of images: I give him beaucoup credit for knowing when not to show us everything. We see a great deal from her perspective, but the best bits happen in our own imaginations.
Grotesque, un-nerving, and slightly terrifying. Well worth it.
But just who was that dark man, anyway?
It's no secret that Catherine Deneuve was - and still is - a revelation, and Roman Polanski puts her through the wringer in Repulsion, a creaky psychological thriller that is a must-see for a lot of reasons, chief among them being the chance to witness an early-career filmmaker experimenting to great lengths & with free reign.
This film is extremely rough around the edges, but its imperfections slowly become one of the more intriguing things about it. It's also incredible to witness the abundance of influential themes explored here which have spawned several other modern imitations over the last few decades. It was Polanski's first film outside of his native Poland, and first in English language, and there's proof all over…
I wouldn't say I really "liked" this movie, but it's a really great piece of film-making.
The movie made me uncomfortable, which says a lot about the film Polanski gave us, but it's the type of movie I don't particularly enjoy. That's just a personal preference though, and I can still see what a great film it is(as opposed to other films I don't enjoy NOR see the value in).
I did love the beginning, however. Polanski sets such a perfect tone. In 15 minutes the viewer is given an insight into Carol's life. It's amazing how effective Polanski does this, and this type of character introduction is often missing in sub-par movies. The way Polanski does this is through…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
a bit dry but a very solid effort
Hypnotic and unsettling. I love this film. It has a mood and feel to it that is unique to Polanski. It's also great to see London in that period.
Although it was my first view, I feel like I've seen Repulsion a lot of times through many other horror movies from the forthcoming years after its release, almost fifty years ago. I don't need to go back in time to point one of those movies, since Rob Zombie's Lords of Salem is heavily influenced by Polanski work.
I'm not very familiar with the director's work, this is only the third of his movies I've seen, but it's enough to understand why he hold the title of one of the greatest directors of all time. One of the best thing about this movie, that I've also noted in Rosemary's Baby, is how incredible timeless it is, an acomplishment that is…
This film is amazing, but it scared me in a way that I couldn't imagine before watching it. I mean, sometimes I think about some scenes and I'm still frightened (of course it comes to my mind when I have to sleep: wonderful).
Super weird but really well made... The lead actress must be a genuine mentalist, she was too good
You filthy bitch!
Not at all what I was anticipating. I've never seen a Polanski horror so I was expecting something more psychological and less brash. I mean brash in a good way though. The film toes the line between psychological and loud overbearing horror, but if it focused on one it wouldn't be any where near as good.
When the horror hit it shocked me and felt me uneasy. I expect jump scares from recent horrors, but watching this I wasn't and they rattled me. There were no jump scares after an hour, but it didn't matter I was already on edge and all the psychological terror that followed was actually terrifying.
Where the film falls down is in…
A quite disturbing look at the slow degradation of a human mind into insanity.
What I quite liked is from the very beginning it's clear that Carol isn't quite right - she's distant and doesn't seem to be able to interact properly with anyone except her sister who she is completely dependent on. There's a deliberately slow and meticulous build up to the boiling point but once Carol's sister goes on holiday shit starts to hit the fan and it doesn't let up until the tense and heart-stopping finale.
Catherine Deneuve's performance is stunning in more ways than one, at times she is quite terrifying and what really sells it the dead, emotionless eyes she displays for a large majority…
The (approx.) day I fell in love with Catherine Deneuve and Roman Polanski.
Polanski packs this stylish thriller with scares for a brilliant depiction of paranoia. Frustratingly inconclusive.