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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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Taglines:

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

Persons interested in philosophy may recognize Rantes' basic position on ethics to be that of renown ethical philosopher Immanuel Kant. The ethical good is simply that which makes sense. Put that together with his stated mission, to figure out what is wrong with earth people before we get off this planet. The implication is that the earth, as a whole, is not sane. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Julio Denis: We don't cure anybody here.
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Connections

References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Preludio y Fuga en G-Moll
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Music by Johann Sebastian Bach as J.S. Bach
Played by the organist Hans Otto
Published by Denon PCM Digital
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Very good movie. Look beneath the surface.
26 November 2002 | by bodomoSee all my reviews

Those who complain about this movie being "depressing" and full of unanswered questions miss the point. An intelligent viewer must look beneath the surface; there's a clever story and a set of plot twists that await whomever is willing to make the minimum effort required to do that.

The movie keeps the viewer's interest by using a series of cinematic devices and by raising questions. The important ones get answered all right, while some unimportant ones are left open. Subiela himself admitted later that there is no real reason for Beatriz's changes of shoes, or for the blue liquid coming out of her mouth. But the central theme remains that of a man that approaches sainthood (note the numerous parallels with the story of Christ) by just doing what is logical---not out of any belief from a contrived moral system.


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