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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?

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Cast

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

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Drama | Mystery

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13 March 1987 (USA)  »

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Man Facing Southeast  »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$725,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,532,797
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The doctor's name, Julio Denis, was a pseudonym used by Julio Cortázar in his youth. 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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I loved this film. Not just because I'm an (ex-)Argentine but because it just works. It is delightful, thought-provoking and bittersweet. The same themes we loved in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, the destruction of innocence, the quashing of independence/individuality and the gray, foggy area of mental illness-- are all present in this fine film. Alas, most American viewers will not be familiar with the fine cast but no matter. This is a film that should be watched and enjoyed. You don't have to stick into a Hollywood pigeonhole to appreciate the fine artwork. It will leave you with that same wistful feeling that have done so many other films touching on the institutionalizing of mental patients-- with the possible exception of Harvey.


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