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Suna no Onna (Woman in the Dunes) Reviews

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Total Film

Whether the grains are shown running like water or in super-large close-up, sand's rarely been this interesting.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

March 4, 2013
Don Druker
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 4, 2013

TV Guide's Movie Guide

A profoundly moving parable told with beautiful simplicity.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/4

March 4, 2013
Rob Mackie

This is like some weird dream.

Full Review Source: Guardian | 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.

Full Review Source: Film4

March 4, 2013
Mark Chalon Smith
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

March 4, 2013
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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In stunningly composed images by Teshigahara and cinematographer Hiroshi Segawa, that eroticism becomes overwhelming.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

March 4, 2013
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Woman in the Dunes remains a masterpiece, a timeless contemplation of life's essential mystery and a triumph of bold, innovative style.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 5/5

March 4, 2013
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

As beguiling, enigmatic and timeless as the shifting sands, Teshigahara's finest film pulls the viewer in and refuses to let go.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film

August 16, 2007
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

If any piece of art-house cinema can be called an essential, this mesmerizing, haunting work can.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 5/5

August 1, 2007
Emanuel Levy

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A

April 12, 2007
Dan Jardine

A promotional video for the Albert Camus Summer Camp

Full Review Source: Cinemania

March 12, 2006
Chris Cabin

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 Source: | Original Score: 4/5

September 4, 2004
Dennis Schwartz
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It's an offbeat tale involving an erotic love affair and a philosophical question about the meaning of existence.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

August 10, 2004

Empire Magazine

This is hypnotic, emotionally wrenching filmmaking.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

July 20, 2004
Tom Dawson

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 Source: | Original Score: 4/5

July 3, 2004
Derek Smith
Apollo Guide

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 Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 93/100

October 25, 2003
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

sensual camerawork that captures waves of sand more intimately than Lawrence of Arabia and lovingly wraps around the bodies of its protagonists.

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: B+

July 28, 2003
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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A strongly allegorical, strangely engrossing film.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 20, 2003
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

This Japanese classic, which was written by Kobo Abe and based on his novel, is an existential parable and it is filmed in such a way that suits the themes.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle

March 10, 2003
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