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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Credited cast:
Lorenzo Quinteros ...
Dr. Julio Denis
Hugo Soto ...
Inés Vernengo ...
Beatriz Dick
Cristina Scaramuzza ...
Tomas Voth
David Edery
Rúbens Correa ...
Doctor Prieto
Rodolfo Rodas
Horacio Marassi
Jean Pierre Reguerraz
Rodolfo Elsegood
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tito Haas
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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Release Date:

13 March 1987 (USA)  »

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Man Facing Southeast  »

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$725,000 (USA)

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Subiela wrote the script in a month. 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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A brilliant film, as long as you see the subtitled version
8 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

Man Facing Southeast is a very good, deep, thought-provoking film. Beautiful, stark visuals, music, and good acting all work to create a very intense and utterly mesmerizing atmosphere. But don't bother renting it - as far as I know only the dubbed version is available on video. With dialogue that takes itself this seriously, it takes extreme skill to keep it from being merely pretentious and ridiculous - a skill which the dubbers completely lacked. Thus a great, serious film is turned into one of those completely unwatchable abominations where you don't know if you should laugh or cry.

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