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Catherine Deneuve plays a woman who lives with her sister. She is distraught that her sister will be away on vacation for two weeks. During that time, she slowly sinks into madness, which seems to be centered on a revulsion for sex, and fantasies of being brutally raped. A man who has been harassing her and even breaks into her apartment because he just had to see her is bludgeoned to death by her. Then the landlord tries to rape her, and she slices him up with straight razor. At the end of the movie, the camera closes in on a family picture in which everyone is smiling and facing the camera except a little girl with an apprehensive expression on her face as she looks at a man to her left. Presumably the man had been molesting her, which explains not only her sexual revulsion, but also her fear of being left alone by her sister, for the man would not be able to rape her as a child while her sister was with her. The movie has since become ironic, owing to the fact that the director, Roman Polanski, once raped a thirteen-year-old girl.
Warning: Wrong Aspect Ratio
- Repelled in Rochester
TCM broadcasts Repulsion in 4:3 ratio, the ratio found in most pre-50s movies and on pre-HD TV sets. However the film originally screened in (and intended to be) in a wider 1.7 ratio. It's noticeable throughout in the particular "feel" the crop gives the movie, and also makes for awkward viewing in shots such as the one 10 minutes in, where Deneuve and a man are sitting across from each other at a table and half of their faces are clipped off.Anyway, I couldn't end this review without saying I love the movie. If it's on your screen don't be repulsed by the crop-job, but don't outright seek out this version.
I recently saw this movie and was extremely impressed...it is a movie that will keep you guessing. Every bit as good as an Alfred Hitchcock suspense thriller. Great Roman Polanski movie!
- Dashiell Barnes
One of Polanski's finest & most terrifying films. Deneuve is great as a sexually repressed woman whose mental state deteriorates & becomes more violent. Sound, or lack of it, is used to help create the suspense and Polanski's narrative works most of the time, but the shocks & sense of dread are always present. A chiller that deserved a few Oscar nominations. I give it a 4.5/5.
I couldn't tell reality from Carols imagination in this movie. I had to read the synopsis to find out. It was extremely well directed but Polanski is a genius. It's a disturbing movie but it takes you right into the mind of a very sick woman. She shows every sign of early abuse in her total mistrust of every man. I would only recommend this to someone who is strong enough to handle it. It's very dark.
One of Polanki's BEST movies
I just think this film is pure genius. Polanski's study of a woman losing her mind is just mind bending in itself. And the film leaves so many questions. What made her this way and the photograph at the end picturing a family. What does it all mean? You are left to decide. I tried to watch this one time and found it boring and then years later saw it again and I didn't know what it was and was just transfixed. Masterful! Hopefully you will have the same reaction. My next favorite of Roman P. is of course Chinatown and then The Tenant. First and foremost however is REPULSION. You won't be disappointed.