Friday, April 6, 2012

The Woman in the Dunes/Suna no onna (1964)

Another adaptation, but this time it's a 1962 novel by Japanese author Kobo Abe, who also wrote the screenplay. The film is described as "avant-garde," which is usually a phrase that roughly translates to "tracy ain't gonna like it." But it does have a promising plot--an entomologist looking for bugs that inhabit sand dunes is unexpectedly detained in a small village, he meets a woman who lives in said dunes. Judging from the poster, I'm guessing they really hit it off. Again, trying to avoid spoilers, but I have learned that the film won the Jury Prize at Cannes, and was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. Here's hoping there are no clumsy and demeaning analogies drawn between women and insects!

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