Repulsion is a 1965 British psychological horror film directed by Roman Polanski and starring Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser and Yvonne Furneaux.
Belgian immigrant Carol Ledoux works as a manicurist in London. During her shift, she is yelled by her co-workers and customers for daydreaming. Later that day, she goes to a restaurant where her date, Colin, is waiting. Carol tells Colin that she wouldn't be eating with him, since her sister Helen already made her dinner.
Back at her apartment, Carol finds her sister's husband Michael's shaving equipment in her cup. She dislikes Michael since she feels like he's taking over their lives. That night, Michael returns to the apartment and has sex with Helen, depriving Carol of sleep.
After work the next day, she is picked up by Colin. When they arrive back to the apartment, Colin attempts to force himself onto her, causing Carol to quickly run back to her room and throws all of Michael's belongings away.
The next day, she is sent home early for daydreaming too many times. She returns home only to find out that Helen and Michael are taking a trip to Italy. She pulls out a rabbit from the fridge, trying to cook it, but she is distracted and forgets about it. That night, she sees a man in her mirror and hears footsteps.
The next morning, while trying to turn on the lights, the walls crack open, revealing a flesh-like substance. She also hallucinates a man raping her. A few days later, she finally shows up to work, but she accidentally pricks one of her customer's finger. Her co-worker tells Carol to relax, and that she should take the week off.
That evening, Colin arrives at her door. After Carol refuses to let him in, he breaks into her apartment. He apologizes to Carol, but while he's distracted, Carol beats him to death with a candlestick. Horrified, she places his body in the bathtub.
After another hallucination of her getting raped. She wakes up and walks down the hallway, where hands break through the wall and grab her. She wakes from that hallucination and hears a knock at the door. The Landlord enters her room only to discover the mess. He tells her that they haven't been paying their rent. The Landlord then attempts to rape Carol, telling her that she wouldn't have to pay the rent if she allowed him to rape her. This results in Carol grabbing Michael's razor and slashing The Landlord to death.
That night, Helen and Michael returns home only to find Colin's body in the bathtub. Michael calls for help, while Helen finds Carol's hand sticking out from under the bed. The neighbours begin to gather around Carol's bed. After Michael lifts up the bed, they discover Carol, paralyzed from shock. Michael picks her up and walk out of the room. The film ends with an old family picture, where we see that everyone in the picture is smiling, except for Carol, who stares blankly into the camera.
List of Deaths
|Name||Cause of Death||Killer||On Screen||Notes|
|Colin||Beaten to death with a candlestick||Carol Ledoux||Partially|
|The Landlord||Slashed with a razor||Carol Ledoux||Yes|
- Catherine Deneuve - Carol Ledoux
- John Fraser - Colin
- Yvonne Furneaux - Helen Ledoux
- Ian Hendry - Michael
- Patrick Wymark - The Landlord
- Helen Fraser - Bridget
- Renée Houston - Miss Balch
- Roman Polanski - Spoons
Repulsion was Roman Polanski's first English-language film. At the time, neither Polanski nor Deneuve knew how to speak English, so communication was hard since the film was set in London. Originally, Paramount was going to finance the film, but they declined. Instead they were approached by Compton Pictures, which at the time mostly distributed pornography. The film is the first British film to ever show female orgasm, since the scenes of female orgasms were mostly silent. Polanski admitted that the film was made to finance his next project, the comedy-horror film Cul-de-sac. Repulsion is the first film in the Apartment Trilogy, followed by Rosemary's Baby and The Tenant.
Repulsion currently has a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.