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Repulsion 1965 NR CC

(187) IMDb 7.8/10

Roman Polanski's chilling psychological thriller stars Catherine Deneuve as a repressed beautician who spirals into homicidal madness.

Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry
1 hour, 45 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Director Roman Polanski
Starring Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry
Supporting actors John Fraser, Yvonne Furneaux, Patrick Wymark, Renee Houston, Valerie Taylor, James Villiers, Helen Fraser, Hugh Futcher, Monica Merlin, Imogen Graham, Mike Pratt, Lewis Alexander, Maxwell Craig, Aileen Lewis, Roman Polanski
Studio Columbia Pictures
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Penguin Egg on March 5, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This film charts the slow descent of a French girl, Carol, played by Catherine Deneuve, into madness and horror. The acting in this film is superb, and especially by Deneuve, who brings to her part a delicate balance of vulnerability and strangeness. Right from the start, there is a sense that this beautiful, introverted, seemingly harmless girl, is not 'quite all there.' Give her a slight push, and she will tumble into total madness. As a performance, it is reminiscent of Anthony Perkins in Psycho.
The camera is on Carol all the time, and we see events unfold through her paranoid and schizophrenic mind. We feel her isolation. The mundane is amplified -the ticking of a clock, the sounds of the street outside, the toiling of the bell from the next door nunnery-and made to seem menacing. She is dependant on her sister to such an extent that when her sister goes to Italy on holiday, leaving her alone, she loses her lifeline on which to grasp for human contact. Her isolation is so intense that other people become a threat. Those who are a menace to her, such as her landlord, are treated in the same manner as those who wish her well, such as her boy friend. She can no longer tell the difference. The madness in her mind is made manifest on the screen: Huge cracks appear in the wall symbolising the cracks appearing in her mind. Hands come out of the wall and touch her. Her nightmares torment her with physical contact of men, the one thing that horrifies her, and which are made utterly believable by the vagueness of the camerawork and the silence on the soundtrack-how very much like a real nightmare. The structure of the film is marvellous, as is the cinematography. There is not a shot or a frame wasted as every scene, every shot, builds up to show Carol's loosening grasp of reality.
One of the greatest films of the 20th Century. On every level, this film not only works, but works brilliantly. Roman Polanski is a genius, and this film is his cinematic masterpiece.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By JB on May 10, 2006
Format: DVD
Polanski explores the mental universe of a young girl who finds any kind of sexual contact most repelent.

Catherine Deneuve plays Carole, a young French girl who lives with her older sister in London.She works as a manicurist and sees her sister's sexual life as something extremely repulsive: She can't stand her boyfriend who leaves his toothbrush in her glass,not to mention the fact that he is married.Carole is left alone in the London flat after her sister leaves for a short holiday in Italy. Soon enough, Carole is the subject of byzarre experiences which eventually lead her to commit atrocious crimes.Polanski masterfuly takes the audience on a strange journey through this girl's mental decay.The acting is great and the story very original and avant garde for its time.

Nevertheless, the DVD treatment itself is not worth a dollar.The movie wasn't at all restaured: the image is grainy, blurry at times,jumpy.The sound is terrible.The DVD comes in Fullscreen which is also very annoying, and forget about special features like trailers or subtitles because simple there are none.

Hopefully some smart studio will take the time to restaure this cult classic and deliver it in a decently treated DVD in the future...
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "scotsladdie" on May 19, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I gave this flick 5 stars because it will haunt you for weeks after it's been seen! Many feel that REPULSION is quite simply one of the most frightening movies ever made. Catherine Deneuve's portrait of Carol, the Belgian manicurist working in London borders on genius because her seemingly simplistic journey into madness is strangely believable and her eerily spontaneous yet intensely complex performance is phenomenal and unique among actors playing roles in the "Psycho" genre. Carol is repelled and repulsed by sex in general (for obscure reasons), and when she's left alone to fend for herself while her sister and lover go to Italy for holiday, she begins to hallucinate......Polanski's first English speaking film has a quirky command of the language - yet this seems, strangely enough, to work for the film: it gives it an eclectic quality. The passage of time using rotting potatoes and rabbit carcass is memorably effective as is the scene in which we briefly see a man's image reflected on the bedroom closet door mirror. Ironically, in the final conclusion, Deneuve's actions would appear entirely justified in this offbeat psychological thriller which has received world-wide cult status.
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56 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Solomon on March 5, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Roman Polanski's first English language film, made three years following the international acclaim for "Knife in the Water" and three years before his American masterpiece "Rosemary's Baby," is a marvelous dissection of paranoia and sexual psychosis amidst contemporary culture, with a phenomenally subtle, moving performance by Catherine Deneuve and camerawork so coldly precise that the horror seems to bloom naturally from the mundane landscape of the film. Deneuve plays Carole Ledoux, a Belgian beautician who lives in London with her frivolous sister. When the sister and her married boyfriend leave to vacation together in Italy, Carole begins to isolate herself in her apartment in a sexual and violent frenzy. The movie becomes more and more subjective as Polanski plunges into Carole's mind and her psychoses, but what's stunning about Polanski's dissection of Carole's consciousness is the way that the director moves so brusquely from an objective perspective into his protagonist's fears without bluntly heralding the transition. We've already become part of Carole's awareness before we realize it. In this sense, "Repulsion" mirrors both Luis Bunuel's "Belle de Jour" and "Un Chien Andalou" in its precise, logical progression that expresses what is in fact illogical. The movie never feels like it's caught up in dream logic whatsoever--it's all starkly real and flat, until the scene reveals itself to be a subjective or illusory perception. This idea that Polanski can thrust us into the mind of his protagonist before we're ever really aware of the fact that we're in a subjective reality becomes more and more frightening as the film progresses, making us complicit in the camera's perspective.Read more ›
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