Woman in the dunes

Woman in the dunes

DVD - 2009 | Japanese
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An amateur biologist escapes the bustle of the city by studying beetles in remote sand dunes. After missing the last bus, he accepts a villager's offer to spend the night in a widow's shack at the bottom of a deep sand pit. In the morning he finds he is trapped. At first enraged, the man's hatred for the woman soon turns to searing, erotic lust.


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Nov 21, 2017

A fascinating, diabolical, exquisite, Kafka-esque film! The imagery (many super close-ups of sand, insects, skin, and water) and sound (including music) is poignant. A film to re-watch several times!

May 15, 2017

'Woman in the Dunes' is a highly symbolic story that focuses on an amateur entomologist on what he thinks is a day trip from Tokyo to a seaside area with vast sand dunes. As he looks for a particular beetle that he thinks will bring him fame within scientific circles, he loses track of time and local villagers come upon him. For overnight lodging, they take him to a woman who lives in the bottom of a sand pit reachable only by a rope ladder. With the ladder gone the next morning, it dawns on him that he is being held captive by the villagers.... In an increasingly hurried world, often dictated by lifestyle choices and constant need for more, the film depicts a place without self-imposed ideals, personal ambition or the yearning for expression and acceptance in modern society. It asks us to reflect on our own need for validation and self-purpose. Is a quiet working life to be likened to a insignificant pinned insect waiting to expire? Or only living by the bare essentials and free of desire and ego can we, like the entomologist, begin to discover potential in the most trivial of things - and understand that by merely existing can a person potentially discover ultimate freedom.

Jan 02, 2016

Full of beautiful cinematography and effective, disquieting sound. Woman in the Dunes takes its time, but this is existential horror at its purest. Pairs well with Wake in Fright.

macabrescribe May 28, 2011

Woman in the Dunes was a very unique little yarn. I have never seen anything quite like it. I do not think it is quite a masterpiece, but I want to see more by the director. The plot and execution of Woman in the Dunes is unlike anything I have ever seen.

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