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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.
Hasty airport catchup: Marveled while rewatching this at its allegorical versatility, or perhaps slipperiness—it feels like it could represent anything and everything, which I suppose detractors might argue means that it represents nothing. Ultimately doesn't matter much, though, as the film's weirdly parched sensuality knocks me for a loop right from the surface. Life is an inexorable invasion of grit, inspiring a sort of existential Stockholm Syndrome; had Teshigahara chosen to call this The Sand, its kinship with Sjoström's The Wind (a contender for my favorite silent feature; Woman in the Dunes might as well be one too) would be more apparent.
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…
Words to describe Hiroshi Teshigahara's Woman in the Dunes can range from "exotic" to "surreal" or "hypnotic" but they are mere understatements if one is going to describe the experience that is set to come. Though if there was one word that hits me when I think of Woman in the Dunes is not "masterpiece," because such a word isn't going to do justice to the experience that I had when I watch such a brilliant work. The moment when I first watched Woman in the Dunes was an experience that overwhelmed every thought process that was going through my head - but in such a way that I could not pin everything down on the spot what a film…
In questo Film Metafisico un Uomo cade in una trappola di sabbia dove vive una donna. Grazie ad un ottimo uso del sonoro si mischiano Atmosfere horror e Oniriche, una sabbia inquietante ed inesorabile che sommerge la speranza come prigionieri in una clessidra, la camera osa e diventa anche erotica mostrando primissimi piani di pelle sudata e sporca di sabbia. Un Dramma esitenziale che mostra l'alienante ruolo dell uomo nella società, inchiodato alla sua casa, perduto in cerca di un senso alla vita (rappresentato dall'acqua) quella differenza tra il vivere e il sopravvivere che trasforma il lavoro, il cibo, il matrimonio, in un inutile e ripetitivo scavare nel vuoto. "Gli uomini non sono cani da poter tenere al guinzaglio!" ripete…
What a strange movie.
An entomologist studying insects in the desert finds that he's missed the last bus home and asks if there's a place to stay in a nearby village. There is: with a woman who lives in a hole in a sand dune. She feeds him and gives him a bed in her small house, but he discovers her working all night digging sand and sending it up to the surface with pulleys. Soon he also discovers that the villagers have no intention of ever pulling him up again either, and in fact intend him to become husband to this woman and help her dig sand for them to sell.
The woman is resigned to her life and,…
After watching The Face of Another a short while ago and being amazed at most everything about it this has been nothing short of a disappointment and largely uninteresting for a big 150 minute runtime. Junpei starts off as an interesting character, sympathetic when the main plot kicks in, but quickly becomes just as boring as the Woman. The direction and cinematography was great again but neither were enough to support the film, especially for how long it was
Made me want to go look for bugs in the desert, but make sure to make my bus.
I make mine the words in the Letterboxd description: HAUNTING. EROTIC. UNFORGETTABLE.
A claustrophobic thriller that warps the natural world through its extreme close-ups and highly selective viewpoint. One of the most suspenseful films I've seen in a while.
As close to perfection as one can get in cinema. Better the second time around.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
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