is a 1965 British psychological horror film directed by Roman Polanski
, based on a scenario by GÚrard Brach and Roman Polanski. It was Polanski's first English language film, and was filmed in Britain, as such being his second film made outside Poland. It stars Catherine Deneuve as Carol, a young Belgian manicurist who lives in London with her sister Helen. When Helen decides to go on a holiday to Italy with her married boyfriend, Carol is left home alone for a few days. It doesn't turn out to be a very pleasant experience
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This film provides examples of:
- All Men Are Perverts: Even seeming Nice Guy Colin has trouble respecting Carol's boundaries, and nearly ever other male in the film is lecherous, condescending, crude, unfaithful, or all of the above.
- Cranky Landlord: The landlord (who else?). In addition to being cranky, he's also a creep who tries to force himself on Carol.
- Does Not Like Men: Carol is either this, or just really, really afraid of them.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Really nastily subverted with Colin.
- Epic Fail: Carol's attempt to hide the body and the murder weapon. For that matter, instead of simply locking the door, she nails a board in front with a candlestick. And it's not noticeable at all that she overturned the sofa to hide her second body.
- Gainax Ending: What the hell happened to Carol at the end? Is she dead, or just in some kind of a coma?
- That would probably be from not eating much of anything for a straight week, including a rabbit. Starvation or dehydration, take your pick. The real question is why she was sleeping under the bed, among other things...
- Go Mad from the Isolation: Carol, apparently much quicker than most people.
- Hair-Raising Hare: The skinned rabbit that Helen plans to cook and that Carol leaves sitting out in the living room.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Helen doesn't seem particularly loving or supportive, but her presence keeps Carol (barely) functional, and it only takes about a week without Helen to cause Carol to become totally delusional and homicidal.
- Mind Screw: The viewer is put in Carol's position of never knowing what's really happening and what she's hallucinating.
- Mirror Scare: The first sign that Carol is more than just shy and high-strung.
- PietÓ Plagiarism: When she's knocked out due to whatever, one of the other tenants picks her up. Though it's more of a Bridal Carry.
- Paralyzing Fear of Sexuality: Taken to the extreme.
- Quieter Than Silence: Carol almost never speaks, so when she's alone in the house, this is natural. But special mention has to go to the Imagine Spots where a man breaks into her room and assaults her. All we hear in those scenes is a clock ticking... and it's terrifying.
- The Quiet One: Carol fits this trope, to a T.
- Rape Leads To Insanity: It's strongly implied, in the final shot, that Carol's mental problems stem from being raped as a girl by a male relative or family friend.
- Sanity Slippage: The whole plot of the film.