Repulsion Created in the 60’s where sexual liberation is in its full swing, Repulsion is a movie that follows the

mental break down of a woman’s fear of sexual intimacy as it drives her insane. Being truly alone seems to trigger her final mental break down when her sister leaves for a one week vacation with her boyfriend. The heroine has a vey childish nature she allows her id to take control of her emotions, “to conjure monsters from its heroine’s Id remains unparralled. Deneuve’s Carole Ludous lives life as a frightened mouse,” (Vaux,s.d) Vaux seems to be saying that Caroles inner child takes control of her emotions and propels her fairs into an exaggerated state. This notion could mean that Caroles inner child was once abused for her fear of intimacy to take control of her mind to the point that her fears begin to manifest into reality. The cracks in the walls increase as she remembers her past the more she remembers the more the cracks in the wall begin to appear.

Figure 1. Cracks in the walls.(1965) Figure 1 shows carol about to switch the light off then a crack appears in the wall. The crack is a figment of her imagination and Polanski uses these craks to express her increasing madness.The louder the cracks become the more unstable she is. Using the house as a reflection of her mind allows the audience to understand her and emotional break down without having any dialogue to explain this. The large ceilings and rooms really take you on a journey through her mind as she starts to loose a hold of reality they spaces begin to stretch and crumble and become soft at times. Macintyre explains that the “ Claustrophobic apartment becomes the site of gothic horror, the castle, the dungeon, the lonely shack” (Macintyre,s.d) the stretched ceilings creates an eerie empty feeling, and illuminates Caroles feeling of being alone.

The Poster below in figure2 shows Carole in the silhouette of an arm . The arm reminds me of the hands that were groping her in the hallway.

Figure 2. Repulsion.(1965) The image is a great reflection of the film the hand also appears to be a crack , which reflects on the caroles mind. The film uses silence and a slow pace to amplify the last scene, the film seems to drag in certain parts and forces us to wait patiently as Carole’s mind unravels. Biodrowski states that ”The visual monotomy is combined with a storyline that wears down rather than amps up. Yet strangely enough , this ultimately works in repulsions favour”(Biodrowski,2009)Biodrowski appears to be saying that making the viewers wait for her to unravel is a great way to amp up the final scene where she is found past out under her bed. The film uses the house as a way for the viewer to enter Caroles mind although we never find out about what made Carole mentally unstable. It feels as though everything that she goes through is built up fear from her childhood, the figure who repeatedly rapes her appears to be her father, which explains her fear of intimacy from all men.

Biliography Biodrowski,S.(2009.Repulsion(1965)-Horror Film Review. At: (Accessed 13.12.12) Vaux,R(s.d).Repulsion.At: (Accessed 13.12.12) Macintyre,(s.d).Repulsion 1964. At: (Accessed 13.12.12) Illustration list Figure 1. Cracks in the walls.(1965).From Repulsion.Directed by:Roman Polanski. [Film Still]Great Britain.At: (Accessed 13.12.12) Figure 2. Repulsion.(1965)[Poster].At: -repelled-20090503111740215-000.jpg (Accessed 13.12.12)

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