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Repulsion (1965) Movie Information

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Roman Polanski


Catherine Deneuve
Ian Hendry
John Fraser
Yvonne Furneaux
Patrick Wymark
Renee Houston





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A mentally unbalanced young woman descends into madness when she is left alone in her flat when her sister goes on vacation. -- Chris Kavan

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Snoogans 12/14/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A full tilt trip into one seemingly innocent young woman's madness. Though, the cause of the her crazy is never clear, it becomes irrelevant once you are sucked into her world. When everything is let loose, there are no boundaries between nightmare and reality.

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mitchellyoung 10/25/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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There's a lot of disturbing imagery and Polanski does his best to ramp up the stakes with every scene, but, without any coherency, the film is sort of a mess of hit-or-miss imagery.

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SIngli6 09/25/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Polanski's atmospheric venture into the mind of a highly disturbed misandrist is one hell of a terrifying experience. Even Polanski's haters have to admit that this film is nothing short of brilliant.

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gideon43 05/21/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Director Roman Polanski`s first English language film was, when released in 1965,surprisingly passed uncut by the censors due to the fact that psychologists had advised that its study of mental breakdown was wholly and uncannily convincing. Repulsion defies all convention, creating a haunting and hypnotic ambience that threatens to derail the viewer's emotions on any number of occasions. This is a thought provoking, disturbing and enigmatic movie that hinges on a superb performance by a young Catherine Deneuve. Minimal dialogue means Maximum shock value as Polanski orchestrates a slow burning psychological masterpiece of cinema.

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Chris Kavan 08/05/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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It's hard to capture true madness on film, but Polanski and Deneuve combine to make for best mental breakdown in a movie. Deveuve looks innocent, but those eyes always look distant and behind them is something sinister.

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08/09/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"I must get this crack mended."

What a thankless task Catherine Deneuve is given in Repulsion. With little dialogue, she is asked to convey a looming madness and a full-fledged descent into hell, all while maintaining an expressionless, almost plasticine visage. Few actresses could pull off such a task, but Deneuve does so effortlessly. The slightly placid, slightly dazed, slightly worried mask she wears makes Repulsion all the creepier--is there nothing going on behind those eyes, or more than we can imagine? Polanski's clever direction and sense of lighting, angles and space only enhance the unsettled mood. His film moves slowly, deliberately, quietly--and the serenity is highly unsettling. While Polanski would handle similar material at an even higher level three years later with Rosemary's Baby, Repulsion is m...

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