Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #229 Repulsion

In Uncategorized on July 10, 2011 at 7:06 AM

Movie #229 Repulsion

(1965, UK, d. Roman Polanski)

One of the best psychological thrillers of all time, Roman Polanski’s first international endeavor is a delicate film that never spells out anything past insinuation. It is a film so quiet and so unassuming, it is scary to think of where it takes us by the end. Catherine Deneuve plays the beautiful but haunted Carole Ledeux. When her sister leaves on a vacation, leaving her to tend the house alone, she begins to become more and more disturbed. Carole starts to become less interested in her daily life, her attractive suitor, and even foods that she seemed to love. As she is entrapped in her apartment, her mind wanders and then so does the film. In Repulsion we are the objective witness to her downfall. It’s a film that never gets loud, save for the cringing ticking of a clock, and never gets too exploitative, save for the powerful tracking shots of Carole through the streets of London. Master filmmaker Roman Polanski is able to take the femme fatale and make her lovable. It’s a sad film that never provides any answers (only insinuations) but does a great job of showing the effects of an unnamed sickness.

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