Repulsion (1965)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, 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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In London, Belgian immigrant Carol Ledoux shares an apartment with her older sister Helen, and works as a manicurist at a beauty salon. Helen uses the word "sensitive" to describe Carol's overall demeanor, which is almost like she walks around in a daze, rarely speaking up about anything. When she does speak up, it generally is about something against one of those few issues on which she obsesses, such as Helen's boyfriend Michael's invasion of her space at the apartment. That specific issue may be more about men in general than just Michael's actions, as witnessed by Carol being agitated by hearing Helen and Michael's lovemaking, and she not being able to rebuff the advances effectively of a male suitor, Colin, who is infatuated with her. One of those other obsessive issues is noticing cracks and always wanting to fix them. While Helen and Michael leave on a vacation to Pisa, Italy, Carol chooses largely to lock herself in the apartment, ditching work. There, she is almost hypnotized... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

3 October 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Repulsión  »

Box Office


$300,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Roman Polanski's first English-language film. See more »


Near the beginning of the film, when Carol has gone out to lunch from work and is walking on the street past the Saloon Bar, the shadow of the camera can be seen on her blouse. See more »


Colin: [after Carol said she forgot about their date] Well, next time you forget, maybe you'll let me know.
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Brilliant, the most chilling movie of all time
14 October 2000 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is the most effective movie ever made. It's about a sexually repressed woman who is left alone in her apartment for the weekend, and then suffers a series of bizarre and disturbing hallucinations. Catherine Deneuve gives a nerve-racking performance in this heart stopping movie. This is a true horror movie, with a fear that is beyond our imagination. Roman Polanski executes this movie perfectly, the music is effective, the black and white cinematography disturbing, the hallucination scenes frightening. It's disturbing as hell, and it's one of the best movies I've ever seen. 10/10.

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