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Lovers of the Arctic Circle (1998)

Los amantes del Círculo Polar (original title)
In Lapland, under the midnight sun, Otto and Ana reunite once again after a long period of time apart, in hope of rekindling their unrequited teenage love.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ana joven
Otto joven (as Fele Martinez)
Nancho Novo ...
Maru Valdivielso ...
Peru Medem ...
Otto niño
Sara Valiente ...
Ana niña
Víctor Hugo Oliveira ...
Otto adolescente
Kristel Díaz ...
Ana adolescente (as Kristel Diaz)
Pep Munné ...
Javier (as Pep Munne)
Jaroslaw Bielski ...
Álvaro Midelman (as Jaroslaw Bielski)
Rosa Morales ...
Joost Siedhoff ...
Otto Midelman
Beate Jensen ...
Madre de Otto
Petri Heino ...


Otto and Ana are kids when they meet each other. Their names are palindromes. They meet by chance, people are related by chance. A story of circular lives, with circular names, and a circular place (Círculo polar) where the day never ends in the midnight sun. There are things that never end, and Love is one of them. Written by Dul <dpueyos@itpsp.com>

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Destiny cannot be denied.


Drama | Mystery | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and brief language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

4 September 1998 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Lovers of the Arctic Circle  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,697 (USA) (9 April 1999)


$504,223 (USA) (30 July 1999)

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Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When asked where the idea for the movie came from, Julio Medem said that he started thinking about it after getting divorced, because it was the first time he experienced heartbreak and wanted to write a movie about the love as the most powerful force, something that never ends and it's forever between two people. See more »


In the shop, the red heart continuously appears and disappears from the counter. See more »


Ana: I could tell my life story as a train of coincidences.
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Crazy Credits

"En el recuerdo de mi padre" - In memory of my father. See more »


Featured in Videofobia: Caótica Ana (2014) See more »


Written by Josef Rixner, Lauri Jauhiainen, George de Godzinsky
Performed by Olavi Virta and The Harmony Sisters
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Deep into visual poetry
10 April 2004 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

It's really difficult to understand European cinema after watching thousands of American-Big Studio films.

At least that's what looks clearly apparent when I read many of the comments in imdb. But for some of us, who are in contact with a different way of making films, this one excels at the visual poetry from the very start.

And from a cinematographer's point of view, as a real jewel in filmmaking. What Los Amantes is about, is love, and only that. The way this story is portrayed is quite original, in a way some directors have tried and done pretty good jobs (Alejandro González Iñárritu, for instance, in his two films: Amores Perros and 21 Grams). It's a compelling way to explain simple things in reverse. Thoughts, and internal processes are not directly understood or apparent to the viewer. Medem demands his audience to think (remember Abre los Ojos).

It's really sad to think that linear and flat plots that only demand to sit and watch are what most people see as good films. When something catches them out of balance, sometimes they refuse to stay tuned and think.

The revelation, as is with this film, comes at the very end. And it deserves a second session to go through the small details -which are plenty in Medem's work.

It's a long film... some argue. What is a long film when everything is like a whirlpool that draws you in? I don't think this is a long film. Me and many of my friends have pored through it many, many times. So many, in fact, that we had to throw away the original video. A pity, because it was in it's original widescreen version, not as the recently issued dvd that's been murderously cropped.

Whatever it is what you like to see, take a look at this film. It can open a lot of possibilities to widen your taste, and your approach to "long" films.

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