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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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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Very good movie. Look beneath the surface.
26 November 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Those who complain about this movie being "depressing" and full of unanswered questions miss the point. An intelligent viewer must look beneath the surface; there's a clever story and a set of plot twists that await whomever is willing to make the minimum effort required to do that.

The movie keeps the viewer's interest by using a series of cinematic devices and by raising questions. The important ones get answered all right, while some unimportant ones are left open. Subiela himself admitted later that there is no real reason for Beatriz's changes of shoes, or for the blue liquid coming out of her mouth. But the central theme remains that of a man that approaches sainthood (note the numerous parallels with the story of Christ) by just doing what is logical---not out of any belief from a contrived moral system.

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