Man Facing Southeast

1986 [SPANISH]

Drama / Mystery / Sci-Fi

IMDb Rating 7.7 10 3950

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Reviewed by gavin6942 8 / 10

Deserves More Acclaim

A patient (Hugo Soto) in a mental hospital claims to be an extraterrestrial. Could he be telling the truth? What is interesting about this film is that I found it to be a tightrope between "Stalker" and "K-Pax". Sure enough, upon looking into it, "K-Pax" was accused of ripping this film off. Those involved claim it is strictly a coincidence, which may be true, but it is one heck of a coincidence.

This is just a very enjoyable film beginning to end and it is a real shame that the star passed away so young, because the film still has not quite reached the level of acclaim it should and probably will. The blend of science fiction and religious themes makes it a valuable cultural artifact.

Reviewed by lasttimeisaw 7 / 10

a fabrication leans slightly too fanciful and verbose for its own good

"The climax is somehow overlaid with a cynical pang by paralleling Rantes' ordeal with Julio's lustful conquest towards the comely and nubile Beatriz Dick (Vernengo), a self-purported recent friend of Rantes, but the truth remain increasingly murky, and the finale shows that Subeila tries hard to find a middle ground to evade the decision of pinpointing either possibility (is Rantes really an alien or an eccentric earth-bound lunatic?)."

reading my full review on my blog: cinema omnivore, thanks

Reviewed by dfranzen70 7 / 10

Nontraditional, worthwhile sci-fi

I got this for Christmas, but I couldn't remember why I'd wanted to see it. Let's just say it's sort of a cult classic. It's an existential sci-fi movie about a strange man who just shows up at an asylum, claiming to be from another planet. (And eventually he teaches us all about ourselves - kidding.) It's exceptionally well done, particularly in the performance by Hugo Soto as the patient. And while the ending may not be satisfying to people looking for answers to questions of where, why, and how, the journey is never dull and often quite exhilarating. This is a pensive, slow-developing movie, and as long as you don't expect traditional sci-fi (heck, the entire movie takes place on Earth!), you might find this as worthwhile as I did.

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