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Lovers of the Arctic Circle (1998)

Los amantes del Círculo Polar (original title)
In cold Lapland Finland, under the eternal midnight sun, two ardent lovers reunite once again after a long period apart, governed by a powerful and eloquent circular motif woven by destiny, faith, and love. Can they deny their destiny?

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Julio Medem

Writer:

Julio Medem
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Najwa Nimri ... Ana joven
Fele Martínez ... Otto joven (as Fele Martinez)
Nancho Novo ... Álvaro
Maru Valdivielso ... Olga
Peru Medem Peru Medem ... Otto niño
Sara Valiente Sara Valiente ... Ana niña
Víctor Hugo Oliveira Víctor Hugo Oliveira ... Otto adolescente
Kristel Díaz Kristel Díaz ... Ana adolescente (as Kristel Diaz)
Pep Munné ... Javier (as Pep Munne)
Jaroslaw Bielski Jaroslaw Bielski ... Álvaro Midelman (as Jaroslaw Bielski)
Rosa Morales Rosa Morales ... Sofía
Joost Siedhoff Joost Siedhoff ... Otto Midelman
Beate Jensen Beate Jensen ... Madre de Otto
Petri Heino Petri Heino ... Aki
Outi Alanen ... Mensajera
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Storyline

Otto and Ana are kids when they meet each other. Their names are palindromes. They meet by chance, people are related by chance. A story of circular lives, with circular names, and a circular place (Círculo polar) where the day never ends in the midnight sun. There are things that never end, and Love is one of them. Written by Dul <dpueyos@itpsp.com>

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Destiny will take them to the boundaries of the world. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and brief language | See all certifications »
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Details

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Country:

Spain | France

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

28 August 1998 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Lovers of the Arctic Circle See more »

Filming Locations:

Rovaniemi, Finland See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,697, 11 April 1999

Gross USA:

$317,422

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$357,549
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There's a character named Aki in the movie. This is a direct homage from director Julio Medem to Aki Kaurismaki, which Medem deeply admires. See more »

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In the shop, the red heart continuously appears and disappears from the counter. See more »

Quotes

Otto: I'll love you always and if the petrol runs out, I'll die.
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Crazy Credits

"En el recuerdo de mi padre" - In memory of my father. See more »

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One of Medem's masterpieces (again)
28 December 2003 | by hanzapSee all my reviews

For people who do not like Medems work, it will be hard to watch and boring. If you liked any of his other films you will love it. Otherwise you will have to sit and be patient to let Medem touch you. Everyone will recognize some parts his own falling in love, or his relationship with his parents. Medem describes all this in a poetic and heartbreaking way, edited in multiple viewpoints. If you can open up yourself on these subjects, this film will make you think over your own life, love and parents. It is also nice to see that this film fits exactly between "Tierra" and "Sex and Lucia", Medems other masterpieces made before and after this movie. Absolutely great stuff.


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