Repulsion

Repulsion

DVD - 2009
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Carol is a fragile, frigid young Belgian beauty cracking up over the course of a terrifying weekend. Left alone by her vacationing sister in their London flat, she finds herself haunted by specters, real and imagined, as her insanity grows to a violent pitch.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, ©2009
Edition: Special ed. widescreen
ISBN: 9781604651768
1604651768
9786312933328
6312933326
Branch Call Number: DVD REPULSI 1DISC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
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jimg2000
Feb 14, 2018

Oct 22, 2017

A spaced out young woman had gone utterly mad when left alone for 10-12 days in an apartment that she shared with her older sister. Catherine Deneuve at 22 years old in 1965 acted woodenly with empty stares except during her hallucinations. Agree with some that the pace was slow. However, I can see the attraction in contrasting the glacial sequences to the swift carnage that followed. Not as shocking and complex as Polanski's 1968 "Rosemary's Baby," but a gripping horror thriller for Halloween. For a critic guru's review, see "Summary."

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maipenrai
Jan 12, 2018

Polanski is a little too over the top with the graphic violence. He loves his imagery with everything from a dead rabbit to potatoes. Deneuve is an excellent actress, but I think the film would have been much better if the descent into psychosis had been more subtle. The overdone nature of the film detracts from the madness rather than adds to it for me. I would rather see more Blanche DuBois, Nina Sayers, or Norma Desmond instead of the Texas chainsaw massacre. Subtle Polanski is an oxymoron for this film. I do have to remember, however, that this film is more than 50 years old. "Rosemary's Baby" is much more understated in the development of the sense of evil. "Chinatown" is superb. Can't recommend this film. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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Buddy_Garriott60
Oct 17, 2013

???????!!! This really sucked! I found no redeeming entertainment in this at all and the whole story was leaving me feeling that I totally missed something. To sum it up, this movie was repulsive and the title of the movie says it all. I suppose I have to rate this but even one star is one star too many!

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Monolith
Sep 25, 2013

A very good psychological thriller from Polanski. His use of sound effects (dripping water, ticking clocks, buzzing flies, etc.) was really effective in heightening the tension throughout Deneuve's descent into madness. She was excellent as the wide-eyed Carol, "repulsed" by men, and teetering on the brink of lunacy with the walls closing in (and cracking, and grabbing at her...). I felt a Hitchcock influence, and, coincidentally, Polanski mimics Hitchcock's signature film cameo stunt by appearing here as a spoon player in the street musician trio. Good flick. I enjoyed it.

SilkyNara Mar 12, 2013

Denueve is superb and this is one of Polanski's best. Sparse dialogue leaves the viewer to interpret glances, grimaces, gestures. Amazing suspenseful Bate-like thriller.

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jimg2000
Feb 14, 2018

Oct 22, 2017

-Don't look so sad. The time will pass very quickly.
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Are you still going away?
-Oh Darling, please don't start that again.
How long are you going for?
- I've told you.
Fortnight?
-Mind.
How long?
-Ten or twelve days. No more than that?
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I've been waiting over an hour.
-What for?
Well not for Christmas. We made a date, remember? We're having supper tonight!
-I forgot.
Well next time you forget, maybe you'll let me know.

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Monolith
Sep 25, 2013

Carole Ledoux (staring at the wall, to her sister Hélène): "We must get this crack mended..."

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jimg2000
Feb 14, 2018

Repulsion: Eye of the Storm
By Bill Horrigan

https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/1207-repulsion-eye-of-the-storm

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We enter Roman Polanski’s harrowing Repulsion as if in the middle of the story, but it’s actually the beginning of the end. Polanski unceremoniously drops us into a beauty salon where a pampered matron takes to task our heroine, a manicurist who bites her own nails, played by Catherine Deneuve, as insufficiently focused. “Have you fallen asleep?” chides the cosseted client. Giving us no insight into her daydream, Polanski establishes our relationship with this impenetrable girl, whom we will barely get to know even though she’ll be the film’s main focus.

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