Oasis Reviews

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April 7, 2019
Lee Chang-dong directs and pens a film that deals with a quite unlikely romance in order to portray in shuttering and occasionally disturbing (and even offensive) realism the circumstances of handicapped individuals.
August 7, 2009
a touching, if uncomfortable, depiction of conservative Korean society as the danger from which misfits sometimes need protection (rather than the other way round).
December 30, 2004
a subversive slice of Seoul life that's both funny and heartbreaking
December 2, 2004
Makes you pay a dear price before getting to the sublime beauty of such a disturbing film.
September 10, 2004
It has some rough spots - but the more you think about this movie, the more you care about these characters.
September 9, 2004
A loving and lovely film.
September 6, 2004
Its honesty and avoidance of comfortable closure make it a refreshing change from the sort of phony uplift such stories ordinarily receive on the screen.
August 27, 2004
A brave film in the way it shows two people who find any relationship almost impossible, and yet find a way to make theirs work.
August 6, 2004
The actors' scenes together are simultaneously abrasive and oddly gentle: two untamable people trying to stabilize each other.
August 1, 2004
Oasis is the kind of film that is a must for any serious film buff...and the adventurous movie-goer who isn't afraid of a little challenge.
July 19, 2004
There's always a danger when lead roles are disabled characters to make them too sympathetic. A deft touch is required, and Lee delivers.
July 15, 2004
A dark, off-putting film that offers spare insights but may not be worth the effort it takes to view it.
July 9, 2004
It sounds like a pervy after-school special, but Oasis features one of the year's most remarkable performances.
July 9, 2004
Perhaps the most harrowing screen romance ever.
July 8, 2004
A fascinating piece of work.
June 25, 2004
Lee's humanitarian plea for tolerance is one of the most original films of the decade, and Moon provides the soul.
June 18, 2004
A markedly different kind of movie.
June 18, 2004
Both leads make the romance convincing, and Jong-Du even becomes sympathetic despite being almost insufferably thick-headed.
June 17, 2004
A love story of two young people marginalized by family and society that becomes a scorching indictment of the indifference, cruelty and hypocrisy of those institutions as the couple inevitably come into profound conflict with them.
June 17, 2004
This is a film that gives humanism back its good name.
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