Repulsion 1965

Repulsion marked Polanski’s move from predominantly Absurdist influences to an aesthetic more closely related to Surrealism and psychoanalysis. Filmed in England in 1965, it was co-written by Roman Polanksi and long time collaborator Gérard Brach. The film de…
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Repulsion marked Polanski’s move from predominantly Absurdist influences to an aesthetic more closely related to Surrealism and psychoanalysis. Filmed in England in 1965, it was co-written by Roman Polanksi and long time collaborator Gérard Brach. The film deals with sexual repression, the thin line between victim and victimiser and the demanding nature of modern social conventions.

An outstanding performance by Catherine Deneuve, together with a spirited supporting cast and a snapshot of “Swinging London” in the mid 1960s, make this one of Polanski’s masterpieces.

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Critic Reviews

  • Play It Again – Repulsion Review

    Reviewed by Simon Miraudo

    “Poor little girl. All by herself. All shaking like a little frightened animal.” When we first meet Belgian manicurist Carole (Catherine Deneuve), she appears to be a little … absent minded. What a...

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Member Reviews

  • Hard to believe polanski ever got another job after the aptly named repulsion. Managed to fail in several genres simultaneously.

  • I completed disagree with the other reviews. I found it to be a painful tedious watch. Who wants to sit there watching a young woman sinking into the depths of mental illness. I found it to be depressing and I struggled with it. It certainly is not a classic. You don't see it in too many 'best of lists'.

  • Roman Polanski's first English language film is a stunner. A mature and realistic depiction of a young womans descent into paranoia and psychosis. Catherine Denevue is great as the girl losing her grip on reality, she is front and centre for the majority of the film and is totally mesmerising. The film is genuinely creepy and unsettling and downright scary in parts.

  • Well made with, Polanski using the camera to give a unique perspective from the protagonist point of view. Treating her with care Polanski makes all to real her sense of isolation depression and anxiety, highlighting the true terror of mental illness. More than that he shows for the most the wider world is willing to care but can't seem to reach someone who can't explain what's wrong. In contrast to the wider community her immediate caregiver is oblivious leaving her mentally ill sister at home to go on holidays. The final fade out to the young Carols photograph is chilling and rightfully earns the movie classic status.

  • Another from my 'always wanted to see list' and it was worth the wait. Catherine Deneuve is terrific and the murder quite horrifying.

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