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Réalisé par Roman Polanski
Royaume-Uni, 1965
Drame, Horreur, Thriller


Une jeune manucure belge, Carole, travaille à Londres avec sa sœur, Hélène. Carole, introvertie, éprouve des problèmes relationnels avec les hommes. Elle repousse Colin qui la courtise et n’apprécie pas Michael, l’amant de sa sœur. Quand celle-ci part avec Michael, Carole sombre dans la névrose.

Notre opinion

Spirale infernale entraînée par une tension à couper au couteau, le drame d’horreur psychologique de Polanski laisse Catherine Deneuve au pied du mur, encerclée et en détresse dans cette mise en scène novatrice.

Répulsion Réalisé par Roman Polanski

Prix & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1965 | 2 prix remportés dont : FIPRESCI Prize

BAFTA Awards

1966 | Nominé : Best British Cinematography (B/W)

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1965 | 2e place : Best Director

1965 | 3e place : Best Actress

Rosemary’s Baby" and “The Tenant” might have been conceivable alternates for my Roman Polanski slot, but for sheer sustained virtuosity, this Freudian free fall into one woman’s psychosexual madness is awfully hard to beat.
October 31, 2016
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Obviously perfect, in the sense of every shot having been meticulously organised; equally obviously problematic, in the sense that the camera lays siege to a passive, doll-like woman who’s perceived as a freak. Used to bother me slightly, but it all came together on second viewing – esp. the way Polanski gives the heroine her own secret space and the way all the male characters are hopelessly turned on by her passivity, the film acknowledging its own male gaze and finally breaking beyond it.
March 24, 2015
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The first film in English for both director Roman Polanski and star Catherine Deneuve, the still-terrifying Repulsion renders language and explanation nearly superfluous… Only his second movie, after the taut love-triangle drama Knife in the Water (1962), Polanski’s gripping study of a ravaged mind hints at, without excessively analyzing, the origins of its beautiful blond heroine’s unraveling.
October 31, 2012
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