Woman in the Dunes

Woman in the Dunes

1964, NR, 123 min. Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara. Starring Kyoko Kishida, Koji Mitsui, Hiroko Ito.

REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Thu., Aug. 2, 2001

This Japanese classic, which was written by Kobo Abe and based on his novel, is an existential parable­ and it is filmed in such a way that suits the themes. An entomologist is collecting insects in the desert when some locals help him by lowering a ladder down a sand pit into which he descends. He spends the night there in this strange abode with the woman who lives there. In the morning the rope ladder is gone, and he is compelled to engage in the woman's Sisyphean task of scooping out buckets of sand that are sent above by pulleys that then return with food. They dig in order to live ­ and live in order to dig. See www.austinfilm.org for more on the series.

READ MORE
More by Marjorie Baumgarten
Report From the Toronto International Film Festival
Report From the Toronto International Film Festival
Pass the popcorn (and the awards)

Sept. 22, 2017

American Assassin
The bestselling series hits the screen

Sept. 22, 2017

KEYWORDS FOR THIS FILM

Woman in the Dunes, Hiroshi Teshigahara, Kyoko Kishida, Koji Mitsui, Hiroko Ito

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)