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Lovers of the Arctic Circle (1998)

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

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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 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 »

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

4 September 1998 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Rovaniemi, Finland See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,697, 11 April 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$504,223, 1 August 1999
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

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Sinitaivas
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Performed by Olavi Virta and The Harmony Sisters
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A movie about true love
16 April 1999 | by iago-6See all my reviews

This is one of those films that the less you know about it the better-- but GO SEE IT. This is one of the most romantic movies I've ever seen. It's a really magical, intricate, intense and beautiful film.

This film is also very hard to describe. You flip/flop from one perspective to another, learning what the events of the movie MEAN to each character. The connections are so intricate and complex, the visual storytelling so compelling, I was just blown away by this film, and I felt the rest of the audience was right there with me.

If you've seen and liked THE LOVER you'll like this-- it's one of those slow, languid, dreamy and beautiful movies about a true love that lasts beyond all circumstances. It's so intense one almost swoons watching it. The only other thing it reminded me of was the novel THE WHITE HOTEL. I know I sound like a huge flake, but I'm not! GO see this-- and try not to hear too much about it. You'll be converted. Really an EXPERIENCE. I'm saying it's the best of 1999 so far-- and I doubt I'll see anything better. GO! Now! Take a loved one!

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