Man Facing Southeast (Hombre Mirando al Sudeste) (1986)

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This Argentine film freshens up an old cinematic device: juxtaposing science fiction and religion. A Buenos Aires mental hospital is thrown into an uproar when a mysterious male patient appears out of nowhere. As the psychiatrists grill the stranger, he sticks to a story that suggests that his origins are far from earthly. In fact, if his seemingly supernatural powers are any proof, he may well be a space alien. Unable to comprehend the incomprehensible, the authorities decide to lock the visitor away from public view, maybe even put an end to his life--and the analogies to Christ and Christianity are lost on no one.

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It shows huge promise -- its mystery, its patient pace and its eerie resonance sometimes transcend its didactics.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

There's a pleasing mood to "Man Facing Southeast" that makes you want to like it. But the story is so sluggish and takes such illogical twists that you give up.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Enigmatic Christ parable that's set in a mental institution.

Feb 20, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

This is the movie that "K-Pax" ripped off.

Mar 21, 2008 | Rating: 4/5

A thought-provoking parabolic film from Argentina

Aug 27, 2004 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Writer-director Subiela incorporates a wide variety of influences to create a fascinating, multifaceted work of art.

Jul 30, 2003 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

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