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

We have been able...

How can I explain?

To have those images

take shape in space

through what you would call

a large projector

programmed with a highly

complex computer

to include the vital information

for that image to be alive.

Let's see... You're telling me

that you are a projection.

In a way.

I... my spaceship... We are as images

projected in space.

I say ''images'' for your benefit,

because, in reality, I could

do without your eyes.

You could close them.

I'd still exist.

I breathe. You can touch me,

I can touch you.

We are perfect human replicas.

Except for one detail.

We cannot feel.

''I cannot feel. ''

That was one of the most

moving confessions.

I'd ever heard from a patient.

I hadn't been feeling much

for my profession.

I hadn't been so interested in a patient

in a long time.

And I hadn't been happy

in a long time.

Soon they would take his fingerprints.

I guessed that Rantes had been

a mathematician... maybe a physicist.

He had mentioned a physics laboratory.

This is a hologram.

The laser bounces off the object leaving

its impression on the plate.

Then, to reconstruct the image

we use another laser.

- Is this an experiment?

- It's a laboratory experience.

The object is registered indirectly

on the photographic plate. Understand?

The hologram represents

the object in code.

Could people be photographed

and projected in space?

For example, projecting a person here

so that person would seem reel?

It could be done with pulsating lasers,

but it would just be the image

of its outward appearance

lacking all the other attributes

of a real person.

Why assume that a person who talks

about physics must be a physicist?

He could just know about certain

phenomena and make up a story.

Who'd use such information for

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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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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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