DVD - 2009
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Carol is a fragile, frigid young Belgian beauty cracking up over the course of a terrifying weekend. Left alone by her vacationing sister in their London flat, she finds herself haunted by specters, real and imagined, as her insanity grows to a violent pitch.


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Jan 12, 2018

Polanski is a little too over the top with the graphic violence. He loves his imagery with everything from a dead rabbit to potatoes. Deneuve is an excellent actress, but I think the film would have been much better if the descent into psychosis had been more subtle. The overdone nature of the film detracts from the madness rather than adds to it for me. I would rather see more Blanche DuBois, Nina Sayers, or Norma Desmond instead of the Texas chainsaw massacre. Subtle Polanski is an oxymoron for this film. I do have to remember, however, that this film is more than 50 years old. "Rosemary's Baby" is much more understated in the development of the sense of evil. "Chinatown" is superb. Can't recommend this film. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Oct 17, 2013

???????!!! This really sucked! I found no redeeming entertainment in this at all and the whole story was leaving me feeling that I totally missed something. To sum it up, this movie was repulsive and the title of the movie says it all. I suppose I have to rate this but even one star is one star too many!

Sep 25, 2013

A very good psychological thriller from Polanski. His use of sound effects (dripping water, ticking clocks, buzzing flies, etc.) was really effective in heightening the tension throughout Deneuve's descent into madness. She was excellent as the wide-eyed Carol, "repulsed" by men, and teetering on the brink of lunacy with the walls closing in (and cracking, and grabbing at her...). I felt a Hitchcock influence, and, coincidentally, Polanski mimics Hitchcock's signature film cameo stunt by appearing here as a spoon player in the street musician trio. Good flick. I enjoyed it.

SilkyNara Mar 12, 2013

Denueve is superb and this is one of Polanski's best. Sparse dialogue leaves the viewer to interpret glances, grimaces, gestures. Amazing suspenseful Bate-like thriller.


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Sep 25, 2013

Carole Ledoux (staring at the wall, to her sister Hélène): "We must get this crack mended..."


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