One of the most frightening and disturbing pictures ever made, REPULSION contains a scene in which a man's face is slashed with a razor until he dies, captured by Polanski's camera with a clinical expertise that pushes the viewer's nervous system to the edge. REPULSION has often been
compared to PSYCHO, but Polanski's film, rather than presenting a portrait of a psychotic killer from outside, pulls the audience into the crazed individual's mind.
Deneuve plays a Belgian manicurist working in London and living in an apartment with her sister, Furneaux. She becomes increasingly unhinged, apparently due to her feelings about sex, which simultaneously repulses and attracts her, and about which she is constantly reminded by the presence of
Furneaux's lover. When her sister goes on holiday, Deneuve is left to fend for herself and becomes the victim of terrifying, destructive hallucinations within the confines of the apartment. REPULSION tells a simple story, but Polanski turns it into something undeniably brilliant. The
director-writer took great pains in creating the proper composition and details for his nightmarish black-and-white visuals, extracting maximum hallucinatory effect from the apartment set. A powerfully engrossing film that owes much to the realistic, nearly silent performance of Deneuve, REPULSION
was Polanski's first English-language feature. The director makes a cameo appearance as a spoons player.
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