Man Facing Southeast (1986)
"Hombre mirando al sudeste" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Sci-Fi  |  13 March 1987 (USA)
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A patient in a mental hospital claims to be an extraterrestial. Could he be right?



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Inés Vernengo ...
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Cristina Scaramuzza ...
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David Edery
Rúbens Correa ...
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Horacio Marassi
Jean Pierre Reguerraz
Rodolfo Elsegood
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Andrés Tiengo


A new patient mysteriously appears in a psychiatric ward. He claims to come from another planet to study humans and their behavior. The alien is gentle but criticizes humans for their harsh treatment of each other. The assigned psychiatrist is himself unhappy, and affected by the patient's insight. But he is ordered to treat the patient according to institutional procedure. Written by Greg Pribyl <>

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Somewhere Between The Insane And The Unreal Lies The Mystery Of The Man Facing Southeast.


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13 March 1987 (USA)  »

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$725,000 (USA)

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Persons interested in philosophy may recognize Rantes' basic position on ethics to be that of renown ethical philosopher Immanuel Kant. The ethical good is simply that which makes sense. Put that together with his stated mission, to figure out what is wrong with earth people before we get off this planet. The implication is that the earth, as a whole, is not sane. See more »


Rantes: It is only a series of mathematical patterns; yet it has such a deep effect on the men. Why is that? Where is the magic? Is it in the composer? Is it those who hear it and feel emotion? Is it in me? I can understand these emotions, but I cannot feel them. Excuse me, I'm Rantes.
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References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

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A thought provoking movie
14 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is the movie that brought recognition for the first time to Eliseo Subiela. Many times described as "ET" for adults, that cliche is both accurate and misleading. As I write this, a movie with an identical premise is being advertised in the States (K-PAX). I hope lawyers have a field day. The mysterious patient Ramses, who has suddenly appeared in this Argentinian clinic, is convinced to have come from another world. Capable of rational thought and of an apparent high IQ, a doctor begins a treatment to cure him from his dellusion. But does he need to be cured? Isn't the doctor more insane that his patient? Haven't we forgotten what it means to live and enjoy life? The movie moves slowly, but keeps itself interesting. The dialogue is sometimes too academical to be believable (even in Spanish), but its intentions are more powerful than the presentation. Except for Beethoven's Ode to Joy sequence, the movie is not very cinematic, but once again, it never feels to drag. The depiction of the asylum is also one of those you won't see in your typical Hollywood movie: as we see how the dead corpses of the inmates are carried over to be used for medical studies.

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