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REPULSION <span>(1964)</span> artwork


Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 102

Release dates 04/01/2013, 01/05/2003

BBFCInsight Contains strong violence and sexual violence

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Roman Polanski

Cast includes Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser, Yvonne Furneaux, Patrick Wymark, Renee Houston, Valerie Taylor, James Villiers, Helen Fraser, Monica Merlin, Imogen Graham, Mike Pratt, Roman Polanski

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 25/12/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

REPULSION is a 1965 black and white feature, directed by Roman Polanski, in which a woman's psychological condition deteriorates when she is left alone in a flat. It was originally classified X for cinema release in 1965, meaning no persons under 16 should be admitted to the cinema. It was subsequently classified 18 for video release in 1985 and then 15 for cinema re-release in 2004. This cinema re-release is rated 15 for strong violence and sexual violence.

There are some moments of strong violence. These include a scene in which a man is repeatedly hit around the head with a candlestick, resulting in sight of blood running from his head. His body is then dragged to the bathroom and is seen lying in bloody water in the bath. In another scene, there is sight of a man's neck being slashed with a cut-throat razor. However, the injuries are not particularly detailed or lingered upon and their impact is reduced by the black and white photography. There are also a few scenes in which the main character is sexually molested or assaulted by men. However, the scenes are discreetly filmed, without any nudity.

There are a number of sequences in which the central character experiences disturbing hallucinations, including sight of hands emerging from walls and grabbing at her.

At some points sexual moaning is heard coming from offscreen, although no detail of sexual activity is shown. There are also some undetailed verbal references to sex, including a conversation between two men about their sexual conquests, in which there is mention of virgins and women 'begging for it'.

There is some moderate and mild bad language, including uses of 'bitch', 'tart' and 'bloody'.

No-one younger than 15 may see a 15 rated film in the cinema. No-one younger than 15 may rent or buy a 15 rated video or DVD.


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