Directed by Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski's (Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown) brilliant tale of psychological horror stars Catherine Deneuve as a sexually repressed beautician whose spiral into madness leads to murder. Carol (Deneuve) is a beautiful, yet extremely withdrawn, young manicurist who shares a London apartment with her more worldly sister (Yvonne Furneaux, La Dolce Vita). When her sister leaves on vacation with her married lover (Ian Hendry), Carol, left alone to reflect on her own emotional and sexual frigidity, becomes progressively and dangerously dysfunctional. As the Pandora's Box that is her psyche opens up, the apartment becomes a surreal and terrifying prison of her own imagining.
Left alone when her sister goes on vacation, a sexually repressed young beauty goes insane with surreal fantasies.
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Ian Henry, John Fraser, Yvonne Furneaux, Patrick Wymark, Renee Houston
Worth 4 stars for the genius final shot alone, this is a psychologically gripping and visually mesmerising depiction of a woman's descent into madness and a brilliant depiction of the impact of sexual abuse. Some of the build up scenes do linger but the chilling final revelation must I feel make the rewatch of those scenes more immersive.
Felt bad for her more than anything, a good story about mental illness and how it can spiral out of control, extremely sad story
Really don't get all the negative reviews, but then more horror fans are too impatient for the slow burn. Then there are horror fans like me who gets really bored with gore. This film is a masterpiece. I've never seen a movie before or since that nailed the, yes, slow descent into insanity. I hate Roman Polanski for being a kiddy rapist, but even I have to admit this is almost a perfect film. Far better than campy Rosemary's Baby.
I'm not sure what I'm missing that most people are getting excited about? I found this film very tedious & in no way suspenseful. I also found most of the characters irritating. I wouldn't recommend it & wouldn't watch it again.
A remarkable film in many ways. Definitely a classic in suspense/horror film history...yet challenging to watch. More enjoyable for cinema enthusiasts than for horror movie buffs, if that makes any sense. I bought the Criterion release, but have been unable to find anyone who wants to watch it with me.