in about 100 words or less
Japan 147m, B&W
Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara; Cast: Eiji Okada, Kyōko Kishida
Woman in the Dunes places an amateur entomologist into a nightmarish scenario when he agrees to spend the night with a local villager. By morning Junpei finds that he is a hostage, and is told that he must work alongside a widowed woman who lives at the bottom of a sand pit. Though becoming the woman’s lover, he continues to look for ways to escape. As a dark and engaging psychological thriller that eventually invokes elements of the Stockholm Syndrome, Suna no Onna also serves as an existentialist analogy for the futility of human existence (Klaus Ming February 2016).