Despite being only 100 minutes this dragged a lot for me. The plot was quite weak and the film comes across as being quite hypocritical considering the subject matter and director. Also felt the Deneuve's performance was just OK. The cinematography is quite good though, but overall not a fan of this.
Thriller psicológico. El manejo de la cámara, principalmente en exteriores, no sólo remite al neorrealismo italiano, sino también a la Generación del 60 del cine argentino, haciendo uso de las facilidades que permitió el nuevo equipamiento cinematográfico a partir de mediados de los '50. Sublime interpretación de Deneuve, cuyo personaje, minuto a minuto, se va oscureciendo, llegando a los límites de la locura.
Bored me to tears. I love Deneuve and loved the cinematography, but so many scenes were dragged out. The actors did their best, but the director just kept on filming and the cheap surprises fitted in nowhere. Style over substance. Had elements of Giallo and Hammer, but I seriously felt like this is a film I've seen a thousand times already. Anyway, yeah. I hated it.
Repulsed by toxic masculinity and alienated by the urban rat race (shown VIA the sister and her rich boyfriend,) Repulsion is glacial, detached, and languid. Yet, the clinical passivity increasingly sucks you into a soulless vacuum until you reach an inner void. Emotionally powerful by being coldly emotional, it gets you feeling dead inside, like Deneuve's character. I'd compare it to the music of Joy Division.
the plot of this rather overrated little film is too laughable to sustain immersion in the scenario, the treatment of "insanity" grossly philistine...what saves this movie is the many instances of sheer shocks and shudders, and if i may say so, the soundtrack & visuals deserve the lion's share of credit for making this movie watchable...but, the tenant and rosemary's baby were much better...
Perhaps Deneuve could stand to rewatch her own film. Could one come away with a different take on the violence of unwanted advances? Sadly yes, and consequently I'm yet to be moved by this (only by Polanski's use of space & confinement). Its characterisation a bit clinical or cruel, which might be its strength in not giving illness cause and effect, but I also see it prepped for ugly pleasures and interpretations.
If Alfred Hitchcock had ever made "Psycho" and changed the point of view from the victim to the killer's point of view I think the film would have looked something close to this one. Catherine Deneuve is excellent as both fragile and extremely dangerous in a performance that captivates from the first second. It has some captivating shots of surrealism, terror, gruesomeness and beauty in it.
Tengo mucho qué decir sobre esta película, pero me gustaría hacer unas investigaciones primero. Esta película es increíble, el horror se va formando por distintos elementos en efecto bola de nieve. Como feminista, el film me afectó mucho, sobre todo después de conocer sobre los cargos presentados hacia Polanski. Esta película es sin duda de estudio sociológico. Polanski me causa repulsión, pero amo esta película.