Woman in the Dunes (Suna no Onna) Reviews

August 24, 2016
'Woman in the Dunes' is much more than a sumptuous visual experience. It is also a supremely unnerving fable of deterioration and purgatorial breakdown.
February 9, 2016
tantalizingly enigmatic
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 Buuelian absurdism.
March 4, 2013
Whether the grains are shown running like water or in super-large close-up, sand's rarely been this interesting.
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.
March 4, 2013
A profoundly moving parable told with beautiful simplicity.
March 4, 2013
This is like some weird dream.
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.
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.
March 4, 2013
In stunningly composed images by Teshigahara and cinematographer Hiroshi Segawa, that eroticism becomes overwhelming.
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.
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.
August 1, 2007
If any piece of art-house cinema can be called an essential, this mesmerizing, haunting work can.
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
March 12, 2006
A promotional video for the Albert Camus Summer Camp
October 8, 2004
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.
August 10, 2004
It's an offbeat tale involving an erotic love affair and a philosophical question about the meaning of existence.
July 20, 2004
This is hypnotic, emotionally wrenching filmmaking.
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.