Cast and crew
|Screenwriter:||Gérard Brach, Roman Polanski|
Discovering this film after years of reading about it finds this viewer in awe of Roman Polanski's virtuoso filmmaking technique. His directorial sleight of hand catapults the audience into complete submission, witnessing the gradual mental breakdown of a young Belgian woman living in London. Her reclusiveness steadily works itself on the viewer as the chaos in her mind is mirrored in the flat she shares with her sister, who has left on holiday with her boyfriend for several days. The young woman's torment grips one like a vise as her life increasingly spins out of control. "Repulsion", filmed in brilliant back and white, possesses all the characteristics of the typical Art House fare of the early to mid 1960s, with its mod, jazzy background score and antithetical form of filmmaking, stripped of the color and gloss of Hollywood but striking in its own fashion via Gilbert Taylor's monochromatic cinematography. Catherine Deneuve's performance as Carol is remarkable : a beautiful actress whose portrait of a young woman's descent into madness is completely shorn of vanity. "Repulsion" must be considered one of Polanski's greatest achievements.