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Lovers of the Arctic Circle (1998)
"Los amantes del Círculo Polar" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Romance  |  4 September 1998 (Spain)
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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 ... See full summary »



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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 <>

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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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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Written by Josef Rixner, Lauri Jauhiainen, George de Godzinsky
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A movie about true love

This is one of those films that the less you know about it the better-- but GO SEE IT. This is one of the most romantic movies I've ever seen. It's a really magical, intricate, intense and beautiful film.

This film is also very hard to describe. You flip/flop from one perspective to another, learning what the events of the movie MEAN to each character. The connections are so intricate and complex, the visual storytelling so compelling, I was just blown away by this film, and I felt the rest of the audience was right there with me.

If you've seen and liked THE LOVER you'll like this-- it's one of those slow, languid, dreamy and beautiful movies about a true love that lasts beyond all circumstances. It's so intense one almost swoons watching it. The only other thing it reminded me of was the novel THE WHITE HOTEL. I know I sound like a huge flake, but I'm not! GO see this-- and try not to hear too much about it. You'll be converted. Really an EXPERIENCE. I'm saying it's the best of 1999 so far-- and I doubt I'll see anything better. GO! Now! Take a loved one!

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