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Repulsion (1965)

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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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Release Date:

3 October 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Repulsión  »

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$300,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Roman Polanski: appears (at around 1hr 41mins) disguised as a woman among the tenants who came pouring in Carol's apartment. See more »


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 »


Carole Ledoux: I must get this crack mended.
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MUST be seen in a theatre
18 January 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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Photo at the end, line of sight, rape theory lombano
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