Repulsion

Repulsion

Carole (Catherine Deneuve) is detached enough from her own life, so when her promiscuous sister goes on holiday and leaves her alone in their apartment, she no longer has an anchor to reality. Carole’s repressed sexuality and apparently inherent violence bubble to the surface and she is threatened by hallucinations. Disorienting and subjective, Polanski’s English-language debut is the stuff of claustrophobic nightmares and a malevolent precursor to Eraserhead, with crushing modernity outside and madness within.

WINNER: Silver Bear & FIPRESCI prize (Berlinale, 1965).

Print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive.

Repulsion

  • Director: Roman Polanski
  • Year: 1965
  • Run Time: 105 mins
  • Format: 16mm
  • Country: UK
  • Rating: M