Repulsion

cert. 18

Fri 1 - Mon 4 Feb

Special Screenings

repulsion

104 mins

in English

UK | 1965 | b&w | dir. Roman Polanski, with Catherine Deneuve, Yvonne Furneaux, John Fraser

When Carol (Catherine Deneuve), a shy young Belgian, is left alone for a few days in the Kensington flat she shares with her sister, she begins to withdraw into a reclusive existence where innocuous everyday realities are distorted by deep-seated anxieties. On screen throughout the film, Deneuve gives a wondrously subtle performance as the increasingly catatonic girl, but equally expressive of her terrifying inner torment are the sometimes surreal but never over-emphatic visual and aural effects created by Polanski to accompany her wanderings around the empty apartment or the bustling streets of South Kensington.

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