Man Facing Southeast

Synopsis: A new patient mysteriously appears in a psychiatric ward. He claims to come from another planet to study humans and their behavior. The alien is gentle but criticizes humans for their harsh treatment of each other. The assigned psychiatrist is himself unhappy, and affected by the patient's insight. But he is ordered to treat the patient according to institutional procedure.
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Eliseo Subiela
Production: New World Pictures
  13 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

Dr. Gimenez's secretary.

I'm confirming the interview

on Tuesday at 3.00.

Julio, it's Nolasco. I'm calling about

the clinic. Give me a call.

Ciao, a hug.

Horrible machine, tell my Daddy

when you see him

that I called to tell him that

Saturday, when he comes to see us,

to take Consuelo and me

to see the Moscow Circus.

Buy the tickets.

Bye, machine.

A kiss to Daddy.

If Rantes was faking it, the lengths

that he went to made him sick.

He sat for hours without moving,

without blinking. Totally isolated.

Immersed in someplace, I began

to suspect that was too far away,

but not outwards, as he said,

but inwards.

Rantes, what do you do in the gardens?

You spend hours without moving.

I receive and transmit information.

I told you I need to learn

your identity.

The police will come to take

your fingerprints.

- I hope it doesn't bother you.

- No.

I would find that amusing.

It's just... if my prints

should match

someone who's dead, don't be scared.

Rantes, do you believe

that could happen?

I mean, do you... believe that you

could be dead

and be here, in front of me?

Yes. Not in such simple terms,

of course.

But... in reality most of these men

are dead but they're here...

Sometimes in front of you.

They're dead in what way?

What do you think?

You are a sincere son of a bitch,

a faking son of a bitch,

which is even crazier.

My mother would find

your statements amusing.

What's her name?

We have no mother. At least

they never told us.

- You're a robot.

- No.

You are all robots.

You just haven't realized it.

All right.

I'm a robot. What are you?

- You wouldn't understand.

- Try me.

You are in the prehistory

of the holograms.


Yes. A type of photograph

obtained through a laser beam.

It's an experiment done

in our physics laboratories.

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Eliseo Subiela

Eliseo Alberto Subiela (December 27, 1944 – December 25, 2016) was an Argentine film director and writer. His works are considered to be in the 'magic realism' genre.Subiela was the father of actress, Guadalupe Subiela (who acted in her father's film, Pequeños Milagros). He has won and been nominated for awards at the Toronto, Montreal, Berlin, Istanbul and Havana film festivals, among others. more…

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