The film follows Belgian manicurist, Carol Ledoux (played by the gorgeous Catherine Deneuve) who is living with her sister in a London flat. Both attracted and disgusted with sex, a virginal Carol begins to mentally fall apart when her sister and her sister’s boyfriend go on holiday and leave Carol alone by herself. Carol begins to hallucinate and ultimately retreat into omitting murder. Both psychologically disturbing and suspenseful addictive, this film is by far one of my favorite of Polanski.
If you are not yet familiar with the name Roman Polanski, it’s high time you get educated. Many who are accustomed to the directorial genius know him through his iconic horror film, Rosmary’s Baby (1968). Although the film is most likely one of my favorite films of all time, (who can resist a horror film where a woman becomes impregnated by the devil with the Anti-Christ?); it’s not my favorite Polanski film. If I had to choose which from the vast collection of Polanski’s films, I would undoubtedly choose Repulsion (1965) .