★ ★ ★
I thought I was in for a rough ride with the opening scenes discussion of poverty and labor unions. That Woman in the Dunes would be the stylish exception for Teshigahara in a filmography of neo-realism. (This comes off the back of the disappointing Masaki Kobayashi against the System box set.) Fortunately, things take a turn into fantastical surrealism and the style soon reminded me very much of my Woman in the Dunes experience. The economic plight isn't dropped, but compared to the supernatural story (with a handful of wonderfully odd characters) it's more of a distraction.
Looking forward to The Face of Another and I think Antonio Gaudi is on next month's Top 100 Club.