A young couple moves in to a fancy apartment surrounded by peculiar neighbors. When the timid and passive wife becomes mysteriously pregnant while the actor husband becomes successful, the safety of her fetus begins to control her life.
In London, Belgian immigrant Carol Ledoux shares an apartment with her older sister Helen, and works as a manicurist at a beauty salon. Helen uses the word "sensitive" to describe Carol's overall demeanor, which is almost like she walks around in a daze, rarely speaking up about anything. When she does speak up, it generally is about something against one of those few issues on which she obsesses, such as Helen's boyfriend Michael's invasion of her space at the apartment. That specific issue may be more about men in general than just Michael's actions, as witnessed by Carol being agitated by hearing Helen and Michael's lovemaking, and she not being able to rebuff the advances effectively of a male suitor, Colin, who is infatuated with her. One of those other obsessive issues is noticing cracks and always wanting to fix them. While Helen and Michael leave on a vacation to Pisa, Italy, Carol chooses largely to lock herself in the apartment, ditching work. There, she is almost hypnotized...Written by
After unsuccessfully pitching the film to Paramount Pictures and British Lion Films, director Roman Polanski and producer Gene Gutowski, eventually received financing from Compton Pictures, a small distribution company that had been known primarily for its distribution of softcore pornography films. See more »
Whenever a character takes the ringing phone off the hook, the bell sound is cut off abruptly as opposed to having it resonate. See more »
This is only my second comment on a film on here as normally just read others but i had to leave a short comment on this film. I consider myself pretty scare proof as I'm a massive fan of psychological horror but i just caught Repulsion on TV tonight at 1.40am alone, in the dark. As i write its now 6am as all i can think about is this film.
I have never been affected by a film as much this before. Whilst some may consider the first part rather slow i found its a wonderful set-up for what follows. I wont review it as many others already have but all i wanted to say is that this film truly haunted me, genuinely made me jump and kept me tense as hell!.....i cant put it into words
The cinematography is amazing, much better than anything current. The lead actress is astonishing to say the least and unlike other films, this film is truly disturbing. I advise watching alone, in total peace, in the dark.
I can see where lynch got many of his ideas but this is far superior.The last shot is pure genius and very unsettling.
I can honestly say this is now my favourite film of all time.
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