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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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In his autobiography, Roman Polanski admitted that he and co-writer Gérard Brach came up with the film so as to have a commercial success which would then help them fund the making of Cul-de-sac (1966), a much more personal project for them. 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 »

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Colin: [after Carol said she forgot about their date] Well, next time you forget, maybe you'll let me know.
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Catherine Deneuve suffers from an industrial-strength case of sexual repression
27 July 2002 | by ((e.g. London, England)) – See all my reviews

In "Repulsion" the gorgeous Catherine Deneuve suffers from an industrial-strength case of sexual repression, coupled with a hefty dose of sibling rivalry which foists upon her a succession of rape fantasies and delusional hallucinations. Polanski's direction is unparalleled as he elicits a creepy terror through the use of some fairly unconventional special-effects. The subjective world created for the heroine is a series of dreams and visions of a decaying apartment and psycho-sexual fantasy and this is what the film seems to be about. The cracking walls are perhaps one of the most ingeniously horrifying special-effects in cinematic history. The lack of dialogue that runs throughout complements the restrained narrative design as the neurotic obsessions remain largely unexplained. But for better or for worse, I think better, Polanski's final frame settles on an image which cryptically resolves the entire enigma with a kind of devastating efficiency. All in all, one of the great films of the 1960s.


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