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Part of  The Films of Catherine Deneuve – Every Thursday in August! 

Roman Polanski’s follow up to his international breakthrough Knife in the Water (and his first film shot in English) was this chilling psychological suspense thriller starring Catherine Deneuve as a young woman spiraling into madness.

“Polanski’s most perfectly realized film … one of the most intelligent horror films ever made, and certainly one of the most frighteningly effective.” – Geoff Andrew, Time Out

In Repulsion, Deneuve is Carol, an emotionally fragile beautician who is pathologically revolted by men.  When Carol is left alone in her London flat by her worldly sister for the weekend, she is soon haunted by specters real and imagined, and her insanity grows to a violent, hysterical pitch. The men that interact with Carol over the ensuing hours, including a smitten young man and a lecherous landlord, don’t have any idea what they’re in for.  Thanks to Polanski’s unmatched skill at building escalating paranoia (later seen on full display in Rosemary’s Baby) and turning claustrophobic space into an emotional minefield, Repulsion, which also features one of Deneuve’s most frighteningly intense performances, is a surreal, mind-bending odyssey into personal horror that still retains an astonishing wallop, ranking as one of cinema’s most shocking and haunting tales of terror. (Dir. by Roman Polanski, 1965, UK, 105 mins., Not Rated)