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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: That place isn't exactly a holiday camp.
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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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11 April 2002 | by artzauSee all my reviews

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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