Reviewed by Dmitrij Polukarov
Topic of review: Uncanny
Polanski,as a genius director,in this movie doesn't show any killer's nature,he is bringing the audience towards the mind of a young girl named Carol. Carol lives and works in London and lives together with her sister Helena. Through out the movie Carol is suffering from a mental illness of fearing the male sex. And as the movie goes,the viewer goes deeper in to her world and understand how paranoid she feels when her sister leaves her alone to go on a holiday to Italy. "Polanski's film, rather than presenting a portrait of a psychotic killer from outside, pulls the audience into the crazed individual's mind." - TVGUIDE.COM
Through out the whole movie,we did not learn anything about Carol. We just watch as she slowly crumbles under the pressure of her own fear. Hallucinations of walls cracking apart,turning in to clay,hands coming out of walls and attack her,imaginary rapists appear. As the movie goes,the viewer can notice that these hallucinations become more aggressive and more intense. By the food around her flat rotting away,we can see the level of her mentality getting worse and worse. The viewer isn't shown her personality,only her fear and degredation. "We learned nothing about her, only a little about our taste for suffering." - The Village Voice.com .A Simple shot of her walking down the street and not noticing of a traffic accident not far from her,shows just how deep she went in to herself.
Through out the whole film,a boy is trying to get closer to Carol. He calls her and in the end just shows up at her door. As he breaks down the door,he tries reasoning with Carol about her situation. But as soon as he looks away,she smashes his head with a candle holder. She starts to panic, barricades the door with a wooden plank and pides the body in the overflown bathtub. At this point the viewer can see how fear has got to her,as he is shown a shot of the left over rabbit dinner rotted away to the point that the audience can even feel the smell of it. But that isn't the main point of the movie. What is important is to see how Carol goes even deeper in to her fear and the hallucination of the hands of the wall becomes a usual thing for her. "Young, beautiful Deneuve plays the sexually repressed outsider in a foreign land whose precarious mental state is the film's subject" - Film Vault.com