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 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
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.
May 20, 2004
Take my word for it: Oasis is one of the most deeply felt love stories of the screen in ways that you must endure a little suffering of your own to appreciate.
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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