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

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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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Ana joven
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Otto joven (as Fele Martinez)
Nancho Novo ...
Álvaro
Maru Valdivielso ...
Olga
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 ...
Sofía
Joost Siedhoff ...
Otto Midelman
Beate Jensen ...
Madre de Otto
Petri Heino ...
Aki
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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 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.

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Rated R for sexuality and brief language | See all certifications »
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4 September 1998 (Spain)  »

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

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$504,223 (USA) (30 July 1999)
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There's a character named Aki in the movie. This is a direct homage from director Julio Medem to Aki Kaurismaki, which Medem deeply admires. See more »

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

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Ana: I also want to be in love.
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"En el recuerdo de mi padre" - In memory of my father. See more »

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A philosophical movie about love and life, about coincidences,... Interesting, but probably not to everybody's taste.
1 January 2005 | by (Tessenderlo, Belgium) – See all my reviews

Los Amantes del Círculo Polar is probably not a movie to everybody's taste. If you want to see a lot of action, great comedy or some astonishing special effects, you better don't even think about watching this one. In fact it hasn't much more to offer but some philosophical thinking. Thinking about destiny and how we can't escape from it, thinking about life and love, thinking about coincidences...

It starts with a young boy running through a forest because he wants to retrieve a soccer ball. A girl of about his age is running through the same forest. She's running because her mother told her that her father has died. He follows her and she falls on the ground. She sees him and immediately recognizes her father in him, he on the other hand immediately falls in love with her... Because of some coincidences his father and her mother start a relationship and they become "brother and sister". As they grow older their love for each other doesn't fade, but their lives separate. In the end they meet each other again, not in Spain, but in Lapland (Finland).

Los Amantes del Círculo Polar is shot in a very original way. First you get the scene from the point of view of one of the two characters, than you get the scene again, but this time from the other character's side. Even though the director has paid more attention to the story and the way it was told than to the performances of the actors, this still is a very impressive movie. I give it an 8.5/10


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