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Repulsion (1965)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 3 October 1965 (USA)
A sex-repulsed woman who disapproves of her sister's boyfriend sinks into depression and has horrific visions of rape and violence.

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In London, Belgian immigrant Carol Ledoux shares an apartment with her older sister Helen, and works as a manicurist at a beauty salon. Helen uses the word "sensitive" to describe Carol's overall demeanor, which is almost like she walks around in a daze, rarely speaking up about anything. When she does speak up, it generally is about something against one of those few issues on which she obsesses, such as Helen's boyfriend Michael's invasion of her space at the apartment. That specific issue may be more about men in general than just Michael's actions, as witnessed by Carol being agitated by hearing Helen and Michael's lovemaking, and she not being able to rebuff the advances effectively of a male suitor, Colin, who is infatuated with her. One of those other obsessive issues is noticing cracks and always wanting to fix them. While Helen and Michael leave on a vacation to Pisa, Italy, Carol chooses largely to lock herself in the apartment, ditching work. There, she is almost hypnotized... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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3 October 1965 (USA)  »

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Repulsión  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Catherine Deneuve stumbles across the bridge and down the street was filmed at Hammersmith Bridge, London. See more »

Goofs

The position between shots of the telephone and the envelope changes when Carol picks up the rabbit and goes to answer the phone. See more »

Quotes

Hélène Ledoux: Why'd you throw Michael's things away? Why'd you do it?
Carole Ledoux: I don't like them there.
Hélène Ledoux: It's got absolutely nothing to do with you. Silly little fool.
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Referenced in Black Christmas (1974) See more »

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Brilliant, the most chilling movie of all time
14 October 2000 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is the most effective movie ever made. It's about a sexually repressed woman who is left alone in her apartment for the weekend, and then suffers a series of bizarre and disturbing hallucinations. Catherine Deneuve gives a nerve-racking performance in this heart stopping movie. This is a true horror movie, with a fear that is beyond our imagination. Roman Polanski executes this movie perfectly, the music is effective, the black and white cinematography disturbing, the hallucination scenes frightening. It's disturbing as hell, and it's one of the best movies I've ever seen. 10/10.


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