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Man Facing Southeast (1986)

Hombre mirando al sudeste (original title)
A patient in a mental hospital claims to be an extraterrestial. Could he be right?

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lorenzo Quinteros ...
Dr. Julio Denis
Hugo Soto ...
Rantes
Inés Vernengo ...
Beatriz Dick
Cristina Scaramuzza ...
Nurse
Tomas Voth
David Edery
Rúbens Correa ...
Doctor Prieto (as Rúbens W. Correa)
Rodolfo Rodas
Horacio Marassi
Jean Pierre Reguerraz
Rodolfo Elsegood
Violeta Scarponi ...
Beggar
Gustavo Rangugni ...
Medicine Doctor
Antonio Avila ...
Newspaper Reporter
Hector Scarpino ...
Doctor
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Storyline

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 <gpribyl@isd.net>

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

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Drama | Mystery

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R | See all certifications »
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13 March 1987 (USA)  »

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$725,000 (USA)
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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Subiela wrote the script in a month. See more »

Quotes

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 »

Soundtracks

Ninth Symphony
(excerpts of Ode to Joy)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven as L.V. Beethoven
Orchestra conducted by Maestro Alfonso Devita
Choir conducted by Maestro Alberto Balzanelli
Orchestr coordinated by Maestro Carlos Stofani
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Brilliant and wonderful
26 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was shocked by the first commentary I read about this movie. Man Facing Southeast is one of my favorite movies of all time. The first time I saw it, I watched it through, and then RAN to my phone and demanded two of my closest friends come over to my house immediately to see it. They did, with much grumbling about not being given any notice, etc. But they arrived, and both of them, one an Israeli, the other a fellow from Japan, agreed wholeheartedly with me... The movie IS brilliant and they were glad I dragged them out of their homes to come see it. All three of us have gone on to see the movie again (and again and again) and have other people watch it with us. I have yet to hear one person say anything that wasn't a glowing report. The comment made that the movie didn't answer the questions it posed, is just ridiculous. THAT is one of the movies strong points. There are no easy answers at the end of it. It's up to the viewer to decide or not decide (if one doesn't NEED that easy ending) what really happened. Words I would use to describe A Man Facing Southeast, would be, Brilliant, Original, Sensitive, Compassionate and of course... EXTRAORDINARY! The movie is a rare find and an enthralling piece of work. I can't say enough good about it (obviously). Also, I did not see the dubbed version. I saw the subtitled version of the movie and would suggest that others do the same. Dubbing a movie rarely does anything except make the narrative of the film, irritating. Perhaps the only exceptions being some of the modern martial arts films coming to the U.S. from China. Anyone reading this commentary, Man Facing Southeast is amazing and wonderful. SEE IT! You'll be glad you did. :P


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