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4.1
7,506 Ratings

Repulsion

Directed by Roman Polanski
United Kingdom, 1965
Drama, Horror, Thriller

Synopsis

When Carol, a shy young Belgian, is left alone for a few days in the Kensington flat she shares with her sister, her grasp on reality begins to crumble. She begins to withdraw into a reclusive existence where innocuous everyday realities are distorted by deep-seated anxieties.

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Repulsion Directed by Roman Polanski

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1965 | 2 wins including: FIPRESCI Prize

BAFTA Awards

1966 | Nominee: Best British Cinematography (B/W)

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1965 | 2nd place: Best Director

1965 | 3rd place: Best Actress

Rosemary’s Baby" and “The Tenant” might have been conceivable alternates for my Roman Polanski slot, but for sheer sustained virtuosity, this Freudian free fall into one woman’s psychosexual madness is awfully hard to beat.
October 31, 2016
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Obviously perfect, in the sense of every shot having been meticulously organised; equally obviously problematic, in the sense that the camera lays siege to a passive, doll-like woman who’s perceived as a freak. Used to bother me slightly, but it all came together on second viewing – esp. the way Polanski gives the heroine her own secret space and the way all the male characters are hopelessly turned on by her passivity, the film acknowledging its own male gaze and finally breaking beyond it.
March 24, 2015
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The first film in English for both director Roman Polanski and star Catherine Deneuve, the still-terrifying Repulsion renders language and explanation nearly superfluous… Only his second movie, after the taut love-triangle drama Knife in the Water (1962), Polanski’s gripping study of a ravaged mind hints at, without excessively analyzing, the origins of its beautiful blond heroine’s unraveling.
October 31, 2012
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