Repulsion

  • 18
  • Roman Polanski (1965)
  • UK
  • 100 min
Film Review
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5 out of 5

Director Roman Polanski takes us on a deeply disturbing, hallucinatory trip into Catherine Deneuve's mental breakdown in this British psychological thriller, his first film in English. As Swinging London parties in the background, repressed Belgian manicurist Deneuve unsheathes her claws with deadly results. There are shades of Buñuel, Cocteau and Val Lewton, but Polanski puts his personal stamp on the violent visuals (the killing of a boyfriend and landlord) and the terrifying soundtrack (the buzzing of flies, a slashing knife). Filmed in star and black and white by Dr Strangelove's Gilbert Taylor, the final panning shot revealing a photograph of Deneuve as a young girl, even then withdrawn and apart, is a truly cathartic moment.

Plot Summary

A sexually repressed Belgian woman is disturbed by her sister's affair with a married man. When she is left alone in their flat for a weekend, she begins to experience a series of strange hallucinations that drives her to the brink of madness, resulting in murder. Roman Polanski's psychological thriller, starring Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser and Patrick Wymark.

Cast and crew

Cast

Carol Ledoux
Catherine Deneuve
Michael
Ian Hendry
Colin
John Fraser
Landlord
Patrick Wymark
Helen Ledoux
Yvonne Furneaux
Miss Balch
Renee Houston
Bridget
Helen Fraser
Madame Denise
Valerie Taylor
John
James Villiers
Reggie
Hugh Futcher
Spoons player
Roman Polanski

Crew

Director
Roman Polanski

Other Information

Language: 
English
Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
BFI
Guidance: 
Contains violence.
Available on video and DVD
Released 21 Dec 2012
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama

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