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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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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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Man Facing Southeast  »

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$725,000 (USA)

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Argentina's official selection for the 1987 Oscar Awards, Foreign Language film category. 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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Moving and Fiercely Intelligent
9 June 1999 | by (Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

An outspoken, gifted stranger suddenly "appears" at an insane asylum, claiming to be from another planet. Each day he stands in the open yard facing southeast to receive telepathic messages from his home. His presence has a profound effect upon the psychologist who is treating him for his delusions. But is the patient REALLY delusional? Or could his extraordinary story be quite possibly true? That is the crux of "Man Facing Southeast", a remarkable apologue from Argentina concerning sanity and madness, Heaven and Hell, faith and incredulity, presented with unmitigated perspicacity and intelligence. The film never talks down to its audience, and its message is delivered with a clarity that is both subtle and stunning. Warm, touching, and inspirational, it is firmly entrenched in my personal Top Five "Favorite Films of All Time" list. Apparently first-time viewers should be certain to rent or purchase the subtitled version and NOT the English-dubbed version.

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