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The Lovers of the Arctic Circle (Los Amantes del Círculo Polar) (The Lovers from the North Pole) (1998)

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100

Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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Average Rating: 4.3/5
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Julio Medem directed this romantic Spanish drama with location scenes in Finland. School children Ana (Sara Valiente) and Otto (Peru Medem) are brought together when a paper airplane flown from a window by Otto unites Ana's mother Olga (Maru Valdiviesio) with Otto's father Alvaro (Nancho Novo). After this encounter, Olga and Alvaro fall in love -- with the result that Alvaro leaves Otto's German mother Ula (Beate Jensen). To be near Ana, Otto begins living with Alvaro and Olga. Ana believes that

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Drama, Romance, Art House & International

Julio Medem

Apr 25, 2006

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All Critics (43) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (4) | DVD (3)

The movie is about love -- or, rather, about their grand ideas of romance. It is comforting to think that we can love so powerfully that fate itself wheels and turns at the command of our souls.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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refuses to dumb down the presentation to craft one of the most beautiful romances in recent memory

April 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

A triumphant exercise in style.

January 13, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

It's hard not to find the whole thing pretentious and obnoxious.

April 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine | Comments (2)
Matinee Magazine

you're sure to fall in love with all three actresses that play the woman throughout her life.

April 17, 2001 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

I felt caught up in the film's magical spell despite the many reservations I had about it being manipulative.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Devotees of conceptual cinema will find plenty to enjoy in the director's ingenious tapestry of recurring motifs and symbols.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

if you're a lover of dark abstract art, you might just be a lover of the Arctic Circle.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

Medem superimposes his patterns with a heavy hand on top of the story and then feels he has to underline, italicize, and CAPITALIZE to make sure we don't miss his conceits.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
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Audience Reviews for The Lovers of the Arctic Circle (Los Amantes del Círculo Polar) (The Lovers from the North Pole)

I had never heard of this movie or of Julio Medem, the Spanish director. I went to watch the movie without having any idea of what I was about to see. As I watched the first few minutes of the movie I started to get into it.
I adored the characters of Ana and Otto as children. Otto and Ana became brother and sister because Otto's father married Ana's mother. Soon Ana and Otto began to sleep with each other and they fell in love.Things changed for Otto when his mother died. He left everything and everyone behind. He became a pilot for a mailing service. Ana decided to leave also and she went to live in Lapland, Finland. Otto and Ana ended up meeting here.The movie was full of twists and turns. It portrayed the way Ana saw life and the way Otto did.To Ana, life was full of coincidences, while Otto saw life as running in a circle. Overall, it was an enjoyable movie,
January 1, 2010
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Daisy Maduro

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Freaking tantra.Ah yes,the herbs of amour and the joint of the sexes,mystical environments,Medem is a resident of mysterious communications.Ana-Otto,the train of one element.That of surreal expiation.
April 5, 2009
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Dimitris Springer

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