By Laura Morgan
Updated October 22, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Lovers of the Arctic Circle

type
  • Movie

Otto and Ana, in love since they were eight, both have palindromic names. Mere coincidence? Director Julio Medem says no and makes a grand case for the Big F, Fate, in this strikingly elegant Spanish fable. Now grown, Otto, a messenger pilot, is separated from Ana, and it’s just a matter of time before the lovers are reunited. Geographically their ”circle” meets in the land of the midnight sun, but metaphysically it ends on destiny’s doorstep.

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(0:31) A teenage Otto climbs through Ana’s window in the dead of night to explore his erotic urges.

The last detail

1993’s ”Map of the Human Heart” is eerily similar: An Arctic pilot and his lifelong love are reunited despite mad improbabilities. Just happenstance?

Lovers of the Arctic Circle

type
  • Movie
genre
mpaa
  • R
runtime
  • 112 minutes
director
  • Julio Medem

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