This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
Woman in the Dunes
Haunting. Erotic. Unforgettable.
Jumpei Niki, a Tokyo based entomologist and educator, is in a poor seaside village collecting specimens of sand insects. As it is late in the day and as he has missed the last bus back to the city, some of the local villagers suggest that he spend the night there, they offering to find him a place to stay.
It just doesn’t get any more absorbing, provocative, existential and beautifully shot than this! Woman in the Dunes is only my first Hiroshi Teshigahara film and it absolutely floored me with the excellent performances, claustrophobic atmosphere, introspective look into the human condition and isolation, visual allegories, memorable dialogue and an unnerving musical score which reminded me of Mica Levi’s work in Under the Skin to some degree. There are many impressive shots of sand slithering downward, having a constant menacing aspect to them. After all, our protagonists are forced to live in this pit because of sand and they end up finding purpose in living on those circumstances. You also get a strong sense of fellowship throughout the film, emphasizing traditional Japanese family and community values. Overall, Woman in the Dunes is a remarkable gem and a must-see for every film enthusiast!
Words haven't been coming for me lately. But I cannot stop thinking of this movie. It felt to me like I had traveled back in time and caught a late night transmission of some forgotten dystopian sf film on TV. I felt like I imagined my father feeling as he must have seeing 2001 for the first time. When he took Polaroids of himself and friends wrote on them, "Observe the stoner in his natural habitat. Note the glazed look on his face and complete disconnection from reality." Alone with an accumulating set of empty soda cans, I felt like something was happening to me. Everything in this film just sung straight to me. Through me.…
You know those times where you have to go to a party, family gathering or any other event that you really don't want to and there's no way to get out of it or escape? Woman in the Dunes is that situation, except this time you're the only one invited and instead of a nice, secure house you're stuck in a small hut surrounded by mountains of sand and limited supplies. It's brilliant.
The story follows Junpei, a school teacher who, from what I can make of it, is on a three day desert adventure to catch unique insects and escape from the irritations of his life. After some wonderful, sprawling shots of desert vistas, Junpei is soon found stuck…
''Do you shovel to survive, or survive to shovel?''
Hiroshi Teshigahara's 1964 Woman in the Dunes; the centrepiece of a Triptych including 1962's Pitfall and 1966's The Face of Another is quite a work of genius. While it's visual language and unique setting is astonishing, it is allegorically and metaphorically equally as rich and demanding of analysis.
The plot involves Jumpei Niki, a Tokyo based entomologist and school teacher being entrapped by a group of villagers in a poor seaside town. He is cast into a pit of sand which houses a woman, who seems to exist to simply keep the sand from swallowing up her abode. When he discovers that he is in-fact imprisoned as a companion for the…
June 2016 Movie Watching Challenge: June 1 - A Film in The Criterion Collection
Amazing. Only fitting Woman in the Dunes is the highest rated Teshigahara on Letterboxd: it's much more straightforward than his other two feature films, but still carrying all his trademarks: an experimental soundtrack, impressive cinematography and a brilliant script by Kôbô Abe. I've always been creeped out about deserts, but Teshigahara makes me scared of people a little bit more.
"That sand just ruins everything, doesn't it?"
Or else makes it all very sexy. Hard to tell.
Anyway, tactile cinema at its very best.
In short, pure cinema
Supplementary material: "The Myth of Sisyphus" by Albert Camus.
un professore entomologo va nel deserto alla ricerca di insetti, ma troverà tutt'altro. Inquietante, sensuale, allegorico, visionario. Magnificenza visiva e formale. Folgorante.
Completely masterful, especially Takemitsu's score and the shots of sand creeping downwards. It hews very close to the novel - I almost wish I hadn't read it, so I could experience the development of the story for the first time (but then, I'd probably feel that way about reading the book after having seen the movie first, in an alternate universe).
That sand must have gotten EVERYWHERE
One of the most original films I've ever seen, along with one of the top 10 film scores that I've ever heard, Woman in the Dunes was a masterpiece. An allegory of the human condition, first frame to last, this is a must-see film...created by a master auteur.
sexy sweaty sandy abduction flick with a horror soundtrack--beautifully filmed and extremely unsettling
Not quite a review, just want to say that this is the best movie I've seen in a long long loooooooong while. Really resonates with my sensibilities when it comes to film. Instantly one of my all-time favorites.
Movies that are slightly off.
not like stupid/dull, but as in movies that are so insanely packed with things and ideas and visuals they become…