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Repulsion (1965)

Repulsion (1965)




Critic Consensus: Roman Polanski's first English film follows a schizophrenic woman's descent into madness, and makes the audience feel as claustrophobic as the character.

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When Carol, a shy young Belgian, is left alone for a few days in the Kensington flat she shares with her sister, she begins to withdraw into a reclusive existence where innocuous everyday realities are distorted by deep-seated anxieties. On screen throughout the film, Deneuve gives a wondrously subtle performance as the increasingly catatonic girl, but equally expressive of her terrifying inner torment are the sometimes surreal but never over-emphatic visual and aural effects created by Polanski to accompany her wanderings around the empty apartment or the bustling streets of South Kensington.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Roman Polanski, Gérard Brach
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 8, 2005
Royal Films International


Catherine Deneuve
as Carol Ledoux
Ian Hendry
as Michael
Yvonne Furneaux
as Helen Ledoux
Renee Houston
as Miss Balch
Helen Fraser
as Bridget
Valerie Taylor
as Mme. Denise
Monica Merlin
as Mrs. Rendlesham
Imogen Graham
as Manicurist
Mike Pratt
as Workman
Roman Polanski
as Spoons Player
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Critic Reviews for Repulsion

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (8)

Roman Polanski's first English-language film is still a creepy little horror masterpiece.

Full Review… | July 23, 2009
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

How much one remains held by all this probably depends on how much one is interested by the case-book aspect of Carol's story, but at least there are ample visual compensations.

Full Review… | March 16, 2015
Monthly Film Bulletin

The young Catherine Deneuve (she was 22 at the time of filming) gives a performance so unsettling and so precise, I can barely believe she grew into such a confident screen presence.

Full Review… | October 21, 2014

Roman Polanski takes us on a deeply disturbing, hallucinatory trip into Catherine Deneuve's mental breakdown in this British psychological thriller,

Full Review… | October 6, 2013
Radio Times

Deneuve gives an astonishing, clinically accurate performance ...

Full Review… | January 5, 2013
Observer (UK)

Deneuve, as the woman whose fear of sexual contact is at the base of her neurosis, has seldom been less like her icy self.

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
This is London

Audience Reviews for Repulsion


Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Slow and dull, the film accomplishes its main goal: to disturb. But everything is so watered down, even the most frightening parts (that only come towards the end) are not as exciting as one would hope.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

This was made in 1965 and is still pretty impressive. The directing style is fantastic! Catherine Denevue's schizophrenia mixed in with her deep sexual impulses makes this film original and a gem.

paul o.
paul oh

Super Reviewer

Repulsion Quotes

Colin: Well, next time you forget, maybe you'll let me know.
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)
Helen Ledoux: Why did you throw Michael's things away?
Carol Ledoux: I don't like them there.
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)

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