Director: Roman Polanski
Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Yvonne Furneaux, Ian Hendry, John Fraser, Patrick Wymark
A year after his landmark debut, Knife in the Water, Polish director Roman Polanski began what's known as his Apartment Trilogy with Repulsion, a deep dive into the disturbed psyche of young Belgian woman living in London. Carol Ledoux (Catherine Denueve) isn't right, that much is clear from the start. She's unusually quiet, skittish, haunted. At the film's beginning, she's preparing for some alone time—her sister and brother-in-law are taking a holiday, leaving Carol to hold down the flat. The only thing she has for company is the skinned and dead rabbit sitting in the fridge, waiting to be cooked.
What follows is one of cinema's most hallucinatory explorations of the subconscious. Carol cracks up, the pressure of some sexual trauma—past or present, real or imagined—finally proves too much for her. —RS