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Repulsion

  • Crime/detective
  • Drama
  • 1965
  • Roman Polanski
  • 100 mins
  • X

Summary

Psychological thriller starring Catherine Deneuve. Carol Ledoux, a repressed Belgian manicurist working in London, becomes dangerously unbalanced when she is left alone in the flat she shares with her free-spirited sister.

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Review

A star rating of 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 stark 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by Dr Strangelove's Gilbert Taylor, the final panning shot revealing a photograph of Deneuve as a young girl, even then withdrawn and apart, is a truly cathartic moment.

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Credits

Cast

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Carol LedouxCatherine Deneuve
MichaelIan Hendry
ColinJohn Fraser
LandlordPatrick Wymark
Helen LedouxYvonne Furneaux
Miss BalchRenee Houston
BridgetHelen Fraser
Madame DeniseValerie Taylor
JohnJames Villiers
ReggieHugh Futcher
Spoons playerRoman Polanski

Crew

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DirectorRoman Polanski

Details

Theatrical distributor
BFI
Released on
2012-12-21
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains violence.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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