Roman Polanski followed up his international breakthrough Knife in the Water with this controversial, chilling tale of psychosis. Catherine Deneuve is Carol, a fragile, frigid young beauty cracking up in her London flat when left alone by her vacationing sister. She is soon haunted by specters real and imagined, and her insanity grows to a violent, hysterical pitch. Thanks to its disturbing detail and Polanski’s adeptness at turning claustrophobic space into an emotional minefield, Repulsion is a surreal, mind-bending odyssey into personal horror, and it remains one of cinema’s most shocking psychological thrillers. —The Criterion Collection
The son of a Polish Jew and a Russian immigrant, Polanski was born in Paris on August 18, 1933. When he was three, his family moved to the Polish town of Krakow, an unfortunate decision given that the Germans invaded the city in 1940. Things went from bad to worse with the formation of Krakow’s Jewish ghetto, and Polanski’s family was the target of further persecution when his parents were deported to a concentration camp. Just before he was to be taken away, however, Polanski’s father helped his son escape, and the boy managed to survive with help from kindly Catholic families, although he was at times forced to fend for himself. (At one point, the Germans decided to use Polanski for idle target practice.) It was during this period that Polanski became a devoted cinephile, seeking refuge in movie houses whenever possible. Shortly after sustaining serious injuries in an explosion, Polanski learned of his mother’s death at Auschwitz. His father survived the camps, and moved back to Krakow… read more
Film sensazionale.Una continua carrellata sulle angosce e sull'alienazione totale di una Deneuve spaventosamente bella, con immagini,inquadrature,scene e musiche che contribuiscono ad aumentare un senso di smarrimento e di incombente psicosi.Una casa che sembra espandersi ogni minuto che passa,in cui tutto và in decomposizione,come la mente della sua abitante. Zoommata finale da brividi puri. Un fantastico Polanski.
CAPOLAVORO. Sequenze magnifiche ed evocative fino al limite ( le apparizioni nello specchio, gli incubi delle violenze sessuali, le crepe sui muri e gli effetti sulla casa che appare sempre più grande e vuota) e una Deneuve completamente folle e bella da far paura. Il finale con la foto che preannuncia la follia della protagonista è da incorniciare. Non ai livelli di perfezione di Rosemary's Baby, ma siam lì.
"It was Truffaut," noted Laura Barton in a profile for the Guardian last year, "who said she had to be unlocked; that there was in her
“Repulsion” is a great example of how to make a truly scary movie. The trick is not to fill the screen with monsters or indestructible serial killers, it is to portray fear in a way that will be familiar… read review
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Roman Polanski is probably most known for his hit film, Rosemary’s Baby, Chinatown and his even more-recent hit, The Pianist, which won Oscars… read review
An excellent psychological thriller from Polanski. There is not much fault you can find with the movie. It has all the right elements and even more that Polanski successfully uses to create the thrills… read review