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

 -  Drama  -  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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Cast

Credited cast:
Lorenzo Quinteros ...
Dr. Julio Denis
Hugo Soto ...
Rantes
Inés Vernengo ...
Beatriz Dick
Cristina Scaramuzza ...
Nurse
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
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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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13 March 1987 (USA)  »

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Man Facing Southeast  »

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$725,000 (USA)
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The character Beatriz Dick is named after Philip K. Dick. See more »

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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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Wonderful movie, especially if taken in historical context
19 February 2000 | by (San Diego, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

I think that the question, "Is he really from outer space?" is irrelevent to the movie--what matters is that the man, Renates, is completely foreign. It's not a feel-good movie, it's a thought-provoking movie, one that brings up the question, why is compassion so foriegn to us, and why do we fear the compassionate? Those with power (the doctors) are so afraid to lose that power that they force their subjects into a forgetful stupor and deny their humanity--just as the military under Videla and the junta tortured over 30,000 people only two decades ago. This film is a brilliant commentary on human nature and modern Argentine history.


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