Even on her good days, Carol lives on the edge of sanity; she stares endlessly at sidewalks cracks, feels things crawling on her body, and doesn't respond to people. And when her sister leaves her alone for two weeks, Carol loses her grip on reality completely.
Roman Polanski's first English language film is almost a silent movie with just a bit of dialogue. The action is mostly in Carol's mind as she sees, hears, and feels things that go bump in the night, fears many have felt at one time or another, but she loses herself in her horror. Twenty-two year old Catherine Deneuve also made her English language debut in the film and gives a stunning performance. Her fragile beauty contrasts with the ugliness and brutality of her hallucinations and the audience is swept along on her journey.
This is not a movie to watch at night if you're afraid of the dark or of being alone. A very effective thriller.
**** out of **** Every good filmmaker knows that black-and-white photography equals instant surrealism, as long as that's what you're aiming for. That is what Roman Polanski was aiming for when he made "Repulsion", which is shot in those gloriously dream-like (or nightmarish) two colors. It's one of the director's best films, if not only for the memorable surrealistic scenes. It's a horror film, a thriller, a psychological drama, and even a bit of a tragedy, all rolled up … more
1963 French made Black and white Roman Polanski film with a very young Catherine Deneuve; this was Polanski's first English speaking film, and an exceptional thriller for its time. Transfer from older B&W film to DVD is probably about as good as it could get, the sound and film being poor in the original film, there wasn't much to work with and I believe it was cleaned up as best it could be. No extras and no subtitles available, only the movie and a scene selection. Carol (Deneuve) … more