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Lisa Downing and Sue Harris

object rather than subject. The wages of mental and sexual deviation from societal norms are revealed to be heavy in the logic of the film’s denouement. Deneuve in Repulsion is thus a locus of ambiguities. The resistance offered by her Polanski-created persona to dominant ideological norms is elliptical and partial, rather than straightforwardly readable. If the partial pathologisation of Deneuve in Repulsion led

in From perversion to purity