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Man Facing Southeast (1986)

Hombre mirando al sudeste (original title)
A patient in a mental hospital claims to be an extraterrestial. Could he be right?

Director:

Eliseo Subiela

Writer:

Eliseo Subiela
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lorenzo Quinteros ... Dr. Julio Denis
Hugo Soto Hugo Soto ... Rantes
Inés Vernengo Inés Vernengo ... Beatriz Dick
Cristina Scaramuzza Cristina Scaramuzza ... Nurse
Tomas Voth Tomas Voth
David Edery David Edery
Rúbens Correa Rúbens Correa ... Doctor Prieto (as Rúbens W. Correa)
Rodolfo Rodas Rodolfo Rodas
Horacio Marassi Horacio Marassi
Jean Pierre Reguerraz Jean Pierre Reguerraz
Rodolfo Elsegood Rodolfo Elsegood
Violeta Scarponi Violeta Scarponi ... Beggar
Gustavo Rangugni Gustavo Rangugni ... Medicine Doctor
Antonio Avila Antonio Avila ... Newspaper Reporter
Hector Scarpino Hector Scarpino ... Doctor
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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.

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Argentina

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

13 March 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Man Facing Southeast See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$725,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,532,797
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinequanon See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Argentina for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 60th Academy Awards in 1988. See more »

Quotes

Rantes: Why cure me? Give me a serious reason we can discuss now.
Dr. Julio Denis: If you're not loony, I'd have to accept that you're an alien. That would mean I'm the loony.
Rantes: Nature only allows for very slow change. It admits a change of species before a change of conscience. I'm more rational than you I respond rationally. If someone suffers, I console him. He needs help? I give it. So why do you think I'm mad? Someone looks at me, I respond. If someone talks, I listen. You've all gone slowly crazy not recognizing ...
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Connections

References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Ninth Symphony
(excerpts of Ode to Joy)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven as L.V. Beethoven
Orchestra conducted by Maestro Alfonso Devita
Choir conducted by Maestro Alberto Balzanelli
Orchestr coordinated by Maestro Carlos Stofani
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Wonderful movie, especially if taken in historical context
19 February 2000 | by morgan-51See all my reviews

I think that the question, "Is he really from outer space?" is irrelevent to the movie--what matters is that the man, Renates, is completely foreign. It's not a feel-good movie, it's a thought-provoking movie, one that brings up the question, why is compassion so foriegn to us, and why do we fear the compassionate? Those with power (the doctors) are so afraid to lose that power that they force their subjects into a forgetful stupor and deny their humanity--just as the military under Videla and the junta tortured over 30,000 people only two decades ago. This film is a brilliant commentary on human nature and modern Argentine history.


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