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Oasis Reviews

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July 15, 2004
A dark, off-putting film that offers spare insights but may not be worth the effort it takes to view it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 7, 2004
The combination of Lee's discomforting subject matter and distancing style ... makes this slow-moving drama a challenge that doesn't seem entirely worth the effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 18, 2004
A markedly different kind of movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
July 9, 2004
Perhaps the most harrowing screen romance ever.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 30, 2004
a subversive slice of Seoul life that's both funny and heartbreaking
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 9, 2004
It sounds like a pervy after-school special, but Oasis features one of the year's most remarkable performances.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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).
August 30, 2003
Lee Chang-dong's miraculous love story is the find of the [59th Venice] festival!...a gritty, urban spin on John Cromwell's post-war classic, The Enchanted Cottage.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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.
Full Review| Original Score: A-
December 2, 2004
Makes you pay a dear price before getting to the sublime beauty of such a disturbing film.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 4, 2004
No movie in recent memory has translated so clearly the secret language of lovers normally lost on the rest of the world.
May 6, 2004
Strange and beautiful film about an ex-con and a disabled girl whose odd bond brings them briefly out of the dark.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 6, 2004
This remarkable if overlong Korean film strips away much of the sentimentality and goody-two-shoes attitudes that the movies traditionally display toward disabled people.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 6, 2004
The actors' scenes together are simultaneously abrasive and oddly gentle: two untamable people trying to stabilize each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 9, 2004
A loving and lovely film.
Read More | Original Score: B+
September 10, 2004
It has some rough spots - but the more you think about this movie, the more you care about these characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
May 13, 2004
The lead performers have collected prizes at international festivals, and deservedly so. They play their roles with such courage and compassion that one sees the souls of the characters rather than their afflictions.
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