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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 | Sci-Fi

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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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinequanon See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed at the Borda Hospital, a real mental institution located in Buenos Aires. Some patients appear as extras in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Rantes: Doctor why have you forsaken me...
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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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A thought provoking movie
14 October 2001 | by ggaSee all my reviews

This is the movie that brought recognition for the first time to Eliseo Subiela. Many times described as "ET" for adults, that cliche is both accurate and misleading. As I write this, a movie with an identical premise is being advertised in the States (K-PAX). I hope lawyers have a field day. The mysterious patient Ramses, who has suddenly appeared in this Argentinian clinic, is convinced to have come from another world. Capable of rational thought and of an apparent high IQ, a doctor begins a treatment to cure him from his dellusion. But does he need to be cured? Isn't the doctor more insane that his patient? Haven't we forgotten what it means to live and enjoy life? The movie moves slowly, but keeps itself interesting. The dialogue is sometimes too academical to be believable (even in Spanish), but its intentions are more powerful than the presentation. Except for Beethoven's Ode to Joy sequence, the movie is not very cinematic, but once again, it never feels to drag. The depiction of the asylum is also one of those you won't see in your typical Hollywood movie: as we see how the dead corpses of the inmates are carried over to be used for medical studies.


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