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Repulsion (1965)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  3 October 1965 (USA)
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Left alone when her sister goes on vacation, a young beauty finds herself besieged on all sides by the demons of her past.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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A Belgian girl, Carol, works as a manicurist at a London beauty salon. While having lunch, a good looking young man, Colin, spots her and makes a date for another evening. She shares a flat with her sister Helen. Her sister's married lover, Michael, brings out her dislike of men which she cannot explain to Colin. Michael takes Helen abroad for a holiday. Left alone in their flat, Carol's moments of catalepsy and hallucination increase and deepen into madness. Written by filmfactsman

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3 October 1965 (USA)  »

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Repulsión  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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This film, along with Rosemary's Baby (1968) and The Tenant (1976), forms a loose trilogy by Roman Polanski about the horrors of apartment/city dwelling. See more »

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When Carol gets back home from work she takes off her shoes. A moment later, in the bathroom, she has them on her feet again. See more »

Quotes

Hélène Ledoux: Why did you throw Michael's things away?
Carole Ledoux: I don't like them there.
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MUST be seen in a theatre
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Disturbing, harrowing tale of one girls' (Catherine Deneuve) descent into madness.

Catherine Deneuve's performance is fantastic--she plays it just right. Quite an accomplishment considering she was only 22 at the time! Roman Polanski's direction, beautiful black and white photography and effective use of sound really helps the film. Ahead of it's time.

Some people have complained about being bored by this film...I'm assuming they're watching in on TV. It's true--the film doesn't play as well on TV. I was lucky enough to see it for the first time in a theatre and it scared me silly. On a big screen you're pulled into the girls' madness--I was jumpy for days afterwards.

On TV it just doesn't work. It's still good, but nowhere near as unsettling. So, if you're going to see it, try to see it on a big-screen TV. This film almost never plays at revival cinemas--a real shame. Probably Polanski's best film next to "Chinatown".


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