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Big screen classics

Woman of the Dunes

Suna no onna

Suspense and sensuality collide in this tale of a scientist tricked into a strange existence with a woman.

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Japan 1964
Dir Hiroshi Teshigahara
With Eiji Okada, Kyôko Kishida
124min
35mm
Certificate 15

An entomologist searching for rare insects on a remote coastline is tricked by locals into having to live with a woman whose home is a steep-sided sandpit. This is the starting point for an unashamedly allegorical drama that combines suspense with sensuality as the couple negotiate the parameters of their relationship. Takemitsu’s score and Teshigahara’s focus on skin, sweat and sand push towards abstraction.

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