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Man Facing Southeast (1986)

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



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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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Release Date:

13 March 1987 (USA)  »

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Man Facing Southeast  »

Box Office


$725,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character Beatriz Dick is named after Philip K. Dick. See more »


Dr. Julio Denis: We don't cure anybody here.
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References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

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The invention of Morel was quite right!
7 March 2005 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

Outdating an old and odd theme such as in Adolfo Bioy Casares' novel The invention of Morel is one of the most important achievements of this fantastic and frenetic movie. I saw it for the first time when I was at High School, over here in Mexico City, and I thought it was so complex even tough its simplicity. This is one of those movies you can see several times, and you'll always find something anew and odd within the fantastic Rantez' story. I think I liked so much because of the range of equality between the novel and the movie, even tough is not strictly an adaptation. I couldn't recommend this movie to anyone who does not comprehend this not a simple story -in the Aristoteles lines-up- Is a fiction among others. Is a kind of magic! An you need to be full of will to get trough.

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