Repulsion
1965
*****
Director: Roman Polanski
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser, Yvonne Furneaux, Patrick Wymark, Renee Houston

Polanski’s first film in English in a haunting psychological drama about mental breakdown. Carol is a fragile, sexually reserved young woman who lives in London with her sister. When she’s left alone, the walls start to close in on her. Deneuve is terrific in the lead, and Polanski creates a truly unsettling mood with his black and white cinematography and editing. This classic has influenced numerous thrillers.