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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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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…
Roman Polanski's first English speaking movie will be 50 years old next year. In this one Catherine Deneuve plays a very confused and very disturbed young woman. Left alone when her sister goes on vacation, she finds herself besieged on all sides by the demons of her past. Deneuve is outstanding in the lead role. My blu-ray upgrade was somewhat disappointing as many scenes were almost impossible to see what was happening.
I have seen many of Roman's movies...his early ones are a challenge to get through....Repulsion would fall in that category. Final thought: Even with Deneuve's impressive performance this was not an enjoyable movie to watch....and very hard to recommend. I would rather watch Chinatown for the 100th time than ever watch Repulsion again.
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As part of my ongoing obsession with Francesco Barilli's The Perfume of the Lady in Black, I'm following up with the Polanski films that informed Barilli's.
A descent into madness thriller, that has been described as "Pscyho, turned inside out". At times it also seems like a forerunner of Eraserhead, with menacing, withered and sprouting potatoes, a ghastly skinned rabbit, and a claustrophobic interior space that is both constantly changing scale, and cracking apart. At least one scene also brought to mind Clouzot's Les diaboliques. Unlike Psycho, there is no real mystery. It's clear early on we are witnessing Catherine Deneuve lose her mind, with one of the character's noting the obvious: "She should see a doctor". Once Deneuve's Carol…
Ogni fotogramma di Repulsion è un gradino sceso nell'alienazione mentale. Le vette e gli abissi di cui è capace la mente sono davanti a noi.
Polish or French director Rajmund Roman Thierry Polański, or just Roman Polanski is well known name in the industry, not always for directing only... This British psychological horror was based on his screenplay co-written with Gérard Brach and was Polanski's first English language movie. It was entirely shot in London, making it his first feature made outside Poland. The cast includes young Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser and Yvonne Furneaux. Excellent choice!
The story of Carol Ledoux (Catherine Deneuve), a Belgian manicurist who bites her nails, lives in Kensington, London, with her older sister Helen (Yvonne Furneaux), was built up meticulously. Attention to details was obvious and enjoyable, especially when you have a chance to realize that most of…
Ya se que se trata de unos de los títulos míticos de Polanski y uno de los mas fieles retratos sobre la esquizofrenia (dicho en su momento por los mismos especialistas asombrados de las habilidades de Polanski para plasmar dicha enfermedad en pantalla, por cierto la explicación de Roman es mítica: "Nos lo inventamos todo".
Lo cierto es que me costo conectar con el filme y solo es pasado uno 50 minutos es cuando la historia me empieza a parecer realmente interesante, la música es demasiado machacante y las metáforas muy superficiales, no me ha aburrido y los actores en general están bien pero no veo ni de lejos la gran obra maestra que muchos pregonan.
A fascinating and terrifying journey inside the mind of a self destructive character, Carol, well portrayed by Catherine Deneuve. An innocent girl, who we find to be profoundly repulsed by sex and men, gradually loose control of herself, a transformation depicted with remarkable cinematic poetry. A combination of elements all associated with a certain sexual energy - such as weird looking food, cutting objects, cracks in walls and floors, euphoric nuns, complaints about men, and specially her older sister’s relationship trigger in her a mental spiral of horror, paranoia and uncontrolled violence. The apartment is a character of its own, created with masterful camera work and visual effects.
The word 'important' is always tricky for film lovers. Where is the line between enjoyable and well made/influential? This early Polanski story is a clear prelude to one of the greatest films of all time, his own Rosemary's Baby, and there are many elements that are exquisite. Besides his own work, numerous parts of the film set the basis for modern day acting and thrillers. However, the Repulsion itself falls slightly short. While I thoroughly enjoyed it, the praise (which includes being the highest rated horror film on Rotten Tomatoes) is not quite deserved. Maybe it was the first of its kind and I am undermining Polanski's genius, but Repulsion is definitely more 'important' than great.
Watch her as she walks.
Golden hair and knee-high dress- A creature of great beauty.
Quiet, docile, so withdrawn...What harm could she pose?
Her eyes are down, but yours pursue.
Creeping slowly, lingering, a sudden impulse rises.
Calling out, whistling, perhaps a stolen kiss?
A penetration, audible...a brief intrusive touch?
The gaze now turned malicious, the action far too much.
You pause for her reaction, you find it in her look,
Fear, disdain, confusion, her innocence you took.
A daily sting, a million stares, with yours the final one,
A hidden razor, now removed, the onslaught has begun.
Flesh torn open, gushing blood, you fall upon your knees,
Choking out "I'm sorry", but she ignores the pleas.
Lying on the…
Very dark, very moody. Brilliantly shot. Overbearing at times, but with good reason. This could well be in my top 75 movies with a few more watches.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game
- A Page of Madness
- Un Chien Andalou
- L'âge d'or
- Meshes of the Afternoon
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…