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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 the hope of rekindling their unrequited teenage love.

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Cast

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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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Storyline

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$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 »

Quotes

Otto: Lives have many cycles but mine has only turned once and not completely... the most important thing is missing.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Puta de oros (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Sinitaivas
Written by Josef Rixner, Lauri Jauhiainen, George de Godzinsky
Performed by Olavi Virta and The Harmony Sisters
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Dream Lovers
15 May 1999 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

"Lovers Of The Arctic Circle" When "Map Of The Human Heart" is one of my favorite movies, I can't fault this film for almost stealing the entire concept. A Spanish language film about two children who meet at school and fall in love with each other. Through the years, the two manage to carry out a sexual relationship even as their respective parents marry each other and outside forces try to separate them. The rest of the film is nearly a scene by scene recreation of 1993's "Map". But I stress that I liked this film. Cinematographer Gonzalo F. Berridi and Director Julio Medem make a very specific effort to make their film visually memorable. Some of the shots on display here are breathtaking. Leads Najwa Nimri and Fele Martinez do a wonderful job as the two lovers. Their scenes of courtship are fascinating to watch and Medem sharply chooses to show both sides of the story. By understanding the two perspectives on this plot, the film is that much more satisfying. I enjoyed this story. I applaud the effort the filmmakers made to not tell this story in any way I might have suspected. It's a slippery slope when it comes to melodramatic romance, yet the film is graceful and competent. ---------------- 8


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