a few days in the Kensington flat she shares with
her sister, she begins to withdraw into a reclusive existence
where innocuous everyday realities are distorted by deep-seated anxieties.
On screen throughout the film, Deneuve gives a wondrously subtle performance
as the increasingly catatonic girl, but equally expressive of her terrifying
inner torment are the sometimes surreal but never over-emphatic
visual and aural effects created by Polanski to accompany her wanderings
around the empty apartment or the bustling streets of South Kensington.