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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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Filmed at the Borda Hospital, a real mental institution located in Buenos Aires. Some patients appear as extras in the movie. See more »

Quotes

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

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11 April 2002 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

I loved this film. Not just because I'm an (ex-)Argentine but because it just works. It is delightful, thought-provoking and bittersweet. The same themes we loved in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, the destruction of innocence, the quashing of independence/individuality and the gray, foggy area of mental illness-- are all present in this fine film. Alas, most American viewers will not be familiar with the fine cast but no matter. This is a film that should be watched and enjoyed. You don't have to stick into a Hollywood pigeonhole to appreciate the fine artwork. It will leave you with that same wistful feeling that have done so many other films touching on the institutionalizing of mental patients-- with the possible exception of Harvey.


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