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Suna no Onna (Woman in the Dunes) Reviews

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Jonathan Romney
Independent on Sunday
June 29, 2015
The couple's grimly inescapable dilemma becomes hugely complex and terrifyingly resonant -- a sexualised version of the Sisyphus myth, recounted with a distinct touch of Bu˝uelian absurdism.

Total Film
March 4, 2013
Whether the grains are shown running like water or in super-large close-up, sand's rarely been this interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
March 4, 2013
A bizarre film, distinguished not so much by Kobo Abe's rather obvious screenplay as by Teshigahara's arresting visual style of extreme depth of focus, immaculate detail, and graceful eroticism.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 4, 2013
A profoundly moving parable told with beautiful simplicity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Mackie
March 4, 2013
This is like some weird dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 4, 2013
An important contribution to the avant-garde, this existential thriller offers an allegorical take on the cruel and twisted universe in which we live.
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Mark Chalon Smith
Los Angeles Times
March 4, 2013
Teshigahara's direction and Segawa's camera-work often render the mundane startling and new, a claim that only good films can make.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 4, 2013
In stunningly composed images by Teshigahara and cinematographer Hiroshi Segawa, that eroticism becomes overwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
March 4, 2013
Woman in the Dunes remains a masterpiece, a timeless contemplation of life's essential mystery and a triumph of bold, innovative style.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
August 16, 2007
As beguiling, enigmatic and timeless as the shifting sands, Teshigahara's finest film pulls the viewer in and refuses to let go.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 1, 2007
If any piece of art-house cinema can be called an essential, this mesmerizing, haunting work can.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
April 12, 2007
A popular art house film of the 1960s, this allegorical tale holds up extremely well, perhaps due to its hypnotic visuals and intense stylization. Hiroshi Teshigahara became the first Japanese filmmaker to be nominated for the Best Director Oscar
Full Review | Original Score: A
Dan Jardine
March 12, 2006
A promotional video for the Albert Camus Summer Camp
Chris Cabin
September 4, 2004
Woman in the Dunes shares its bloodstream with the likes of Sartre and Samuel Beckett in its existential bartering over the beginning and end of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 10, 2004
It's an offbeat tale involving an erotic love affair and a philosophical question about the meaning of existence.
Full Review | Original Score: B

Empire Magazine
July 20, 2004
This is hypnotic, emotionally wrenching filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Dawson
July 3, 2004
Teshigahara's creative background was in Japan's avant-garde arts scene, and there's a powerful expressiveness to the film's black-and-white cinematography.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Smith
Apollo Guide
October 25, 2003
Hiroshi Teshigahara's carefully constructed direction bring the characters to life in a way that makes us both sympathize and identify with their situation.
Full Review | Original Score: 93/100
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
July 28, 2003
sensual camerawork that captures waves of sand more intimately than Lawrence of Arabia and lovingly wraps around the bodies of its protagonists.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
A strongly allegorical, strangely engrossing film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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