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One of the best films I've seen about sexual abuse. Horrifying and heartbreaking in equal doses.
Fantastic!! Deneuve is brilliant and beautiful!
Catherine Deneuve stars as a depressed manicurist in Roman Polanski's Repulsion, a harrowing portrait of a woman repulsed by sex for reasons the audience can only guess at (at least at first), and is visited by disturbing rape nightmares. To make matters worse, she's a beautiful woman in the 60s, so surrounded by men who want to get under her skirt, with good intentions and not. Psychological horror is rarely done in films, the need for a supernatural or psychotic monster usually wins the day. Here, we're presented with a quiet, mostly silent performance that speaks volumes about mental health. Deneuve's listless depression gives way to sudden upswings of nervous anxiety, both leading her to sabotage her life. She's in practically every scene, except when we move to a sort of locker room chorus that represents the misogyny she's up against. Sadly as topical today as it was in 1965.
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