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


To My Father

Mirta... my love...

I fired twice, as we agreed.

There were two bullets left for me.

I put the revolver here

and fired the other two shots...

Then I couldn't see anything.

I could only hear her moan.

She was suffering...

I wanted to help her, but

there were no more bullets.

I couldn't see through the blood.

I heard her, but I didn't know

where she was.

The blood gushed from me like water

from a broken pipe...

She was gone.

We'd agreed to die together.

She had bought the gun.

I failed her.

How could it be?

You must help me.

He thinks I can help?

I fired twice...

A priest could help more.

There were two bullets left for me.

He'll never rid himself

of those images.

I'll sedate him.

Soon he'll disappear among the rest.

He'll be on more,

but he'll never be himself.

As we agreed.

How would he react if

I touched his hand?

She was moaning...

It would show affection,


My God... How he must need it.

But he can't expect that from me.

I put the revolver here and

fired the other two shots.

Neither do I.

I could only hear her moan.

She was suffering.

Poor fool.

He doesn't realize

he's being punished.

A prolonged agony.

I wanted to help her, but

there were no more bullets.

You didn't save yourself.

Welcome to Hell.

Don't worry, we'll help you.

Excuse me, Doctor. How

many patients have you?

- Check the registry.

- I have checked.

- There should be 32.

- Has someone escaped?

Just the opposite.

There's one too many.

I checked the other wards.

Everything's in order.

Nobody's missing.

No new patients have been admitted.

- When did you discover this?

- This morning.

- Which one?

- He must be outside.

He's in the chapel. He's a good man.

He comes from far away.

It's only a series of vibrations,

but they have a good effect

on the men.

Where does the magic lie?

In the instruments?

In the one that wrote it?

In me?

In those that hear it?

I cannot understand what they feel.

Yes, I can understand.

I just can't feel it.

Do you understand?

Excuse me. I am Rantes.

How did you get here?

To earth?

In a spaceship.

You're a Martian.

Doctor, that is an insult.

You are an intelligent man.

Do you always underestimate

your patients like this?

Are you a patient?

No, but I'm not a Martian.

I come from far away...

from another world.

It's pointless to explain.

You wouldn't believe me anyway.

But you came in a spaceship

and landed right here...

in our courtyard.


Coordinates 34 degrees latitude south,

In a field, near a place called

Junin, I believe.

I shouldn't reveal so much information.

All right, Rantes, or whoever you are...

We're alone... We're not the police.

You're involved in something shady

and want to hide out here.

You're not the first,

who would look here, right?

Look, I don't care what you've done,

but don't waste my time.

If you stay, I'll have

to contact the police.

You know the best way to protect

my mission?

Telling the truth.

Who's going to believe it?

And the best place to tell the truth

is this.

Anywhere else, you know

what would happen?

They would bring me here.

I would be back here telling you

the same things.

If you're gone tomorrow,

no one will say anything.

If you stay....

Do you know what you're in for?

I know the methods,

all the methods that you humans use.

I think he's faking.

Tomorrow he may be gone.

If he stays, just in case,

give him a sedative.

- What about his file, Doctor?

- Put...

Unidentified Flying Patient,

until we find out his name.

Dr. Denis, this is

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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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