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Repulsion (1965)

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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.

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Cast

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 (60) | Top Critics (8)

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

Full Review… | July 23, 2009
Entertainment Weekly
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At second glance, or as often as a moviegoer can bear to peek through his knotted fingers, it is a Gothic horror story, a classic chiller of the Psycho school and approximately twice as persuasive.

Full Review… | October 19, 2008
TIME Magazine
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Roman Polanski's first film in English is still his scariest and most disturbing.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Deneuve, without much dialog, handles a very difficult chore with insight and tact.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

The ordeal we and Polanski craved for Deneuve turned out to be just a sport, and we were the ball -- just as we'd hoped.

April 11, 2006
Village Voice
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Still perhaps Polanski's most perfectly realised film, a stunning portrait of the disintegration, mental and emotional, of a shy young Belgian girl (Deneuve) living in London.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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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

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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 oh
paul oh

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