The Woman in the Dunes

Critical reception

The film has a rating of 100% on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, based on 14 critical reviews with an average rating of 8.7 out of 10.[1]

Roger Ebert wrote "Woman in the Dunes is a modern version of the myth of Sisyphus, the man condemned by the gods to spend eternity rolling a boulder to the top of a hill, only to see it roll back down."[2] Strictly Film School describes it as "a spare and haunting allegory for human existence".[3] According to Max Tessier, the main theme of the film is the desire to escape from society.[4]

The film's composer, Tōru Takemitsu, was praised. Nathaniel Thompson wrote, "[Takemitsu's] often jarring, experimental music here is almost a character unto itself, insinuating itself into the fabric of the celluloid as imperceptibly as the sand."[5]

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