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Repulsion (1965)



Critic Consensus: Roman Polanski's first English film follows a schizophrenic woman's descent into madness, and makes the audience feel as claustrophobic as the character.

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When Carol, a shy young Belgian, is left alone for a few days in the Kensington flat she shares with her sister, she begins to withdraw into a reclusive existence where innocuous everyday realities are distorted by deep-seated anxieties. On screen throughout the film, Deneuve gives a wondrously subtle performance as the increasingly catatonic girl, but equally expressive of her terrifying inner torment are the sometimes surreal but never over-emphatic visual and aural effects created by Polanski to accompany her wanderings around the empty apartment or the bustling streets of South Kensington.

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Catherine Deneuve
as Carol Ledoux
Ian Hendry
as Michael
Yvonne Furneaux
as Helen Ledoux
Renee Houston
as Miss Balch
Helen Fraser
as Bridget
Valerie Taylor
as Mme. Denise
Monica Merlin
as Mrs. Rendlesham
Imogen Graham
as Manicurist
Mike Pratt
as Workman
Roman Polanski
as Spoons Player
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Critic Reviews for Repulsion

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (18)

Repulsion is the scariest if not actually the goriest Grand Guignol since Psycho.

July 27, 2021 | Full Review…

The rest of the film has that gurgling, soapy sound of muffed intentions going down the plug hole like bath water.

March 31, 2020 | Full Review…

Deneuve, as the woman whose fear of sexual contact is at the base of her neurosis, has seldom been less like her icy self.

January 4, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A film that expertly shows without ever telling, even while the symbolism is a mite heavy handed.

January 3, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There can't be many other films which so plausibly show an entire, warped world created from a single point of view.

January 3, 2013 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It's been an inspiration ever since for films about claustrophobic hysteria, but not necessarily in a good way ...

January 3, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Repulsion


This slow-burning psychological horror is quite disturbing and unsettling, more because of what it implies than what it actually shows as it delves into the fractured mind of a beautiful woman who cannot bear living - and being crushed - in a world where men are potential rapists.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Directors Cat

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Slow and dull, the film accomplishes its main goal: to disturb. But everything is so watered down, even the most frightening parts (that only come towards the end) are not as exciting as one would hope.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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