Directed by Roman Polanski
Running time: 105 minutes
Repulsion, Roman Polanski's second feature film and his first in the English language, follows on from his international breakthrough movie Knife in the Water. Released in 1965, it's a chilling psychological thriller starring Catherine Deneuve and is the first in a series of films that are set which are set within small apartments, such as the equally disturbing subsequent films Rosemary's Baby (1968) and The Tenant (1976). Deneuve plays Carol, a fragile young Belgian woman living in a shabby mansion flat in London with her vivacious, worldly sister. After her sister leaves to go on holiday, Carol starts to withdraw into a reclusive existence, haunted by frequent real and imaginary visions. Horrified by any outward signs of desire, Carol's psychosis deepens, reaching a hysterical pitch that is augmented by the claustrophobic space within which she seems trapped. Deneuve's performance is deeply disturbing and horribly convincing – her glassy stare of anxiety dominates the movie as she wanders around her empty apartment or through the busy streets of South Kensington – creating a palpable tension that is vividly enhanced by the film's unusual visual and aural effects. One of the most shocking psychological thrillers ever made, Repulsion received considerable critical acclaim upon its release for its plausible recreation of one woman's psychosis and is still considered one of the director's greatest works.
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