The Lovers of the Arctic Circle (Los Amantes del Círculo Polar) (The Lovers from the North Pole)
The Lovers of the Arctic Circle (Los Amantes del Círculo Polar) (The Lovers from the North Pole) (1998)

In this philosophical Spanish drama, school children Ana and Otto are brought together when a paper airplane flown from a window by Otto unites Ana's mother Olga with Otto's father Alvaro. After this encounter, Olga and Alvaro fall… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 25, 2006
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie is about love -- or, rather, about their grand ideas of romance. It is comforting to think that we can love so powerfully that fate itself wheels and turns at the command of our souls.

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Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

It's hard not to find the whole thing pretentious and obnoxious.

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Kevin Lally
Film Journal International

Devotees of conceptual cinema will find plenty to enjoy in the director's ingenious tapestry of recurring motifs and symbols.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

refuses to dumb down the presentation to craft one of the most beautiful romances in recent memory

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Christopher Null

you're sure to fall in love with all three actresses that play the woman throughout her life.

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Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

if you're a lover of dark abstract art, you might just be a lover of the Arctic Circle.

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Michael Dequina

A triumphant exercise in style.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

I felt caught up in the film's magical spell despite the many reservations I had about it being manipulative.

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Arthur Lazere

Medem superimposes his patterns with a heavy hand on top of the story and then feels he has to underline, italicize, and CAPITALIZE to make sure we don't miss his conceits.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Elvira B
Beautiful beautiful beautiful film!! A story about the circle of life, unfulfilled love, and longing. <br/> <br/>I think the less you know about… More
Daisy Maduro
I had never heard of this movie or of Julio Medem, the Spanish director. I went to watch the movie without having any idea of what I was about to see. As I… More
Dimitris Springer
Freaking tantra.Ah yes,the herbs of amour and the joint of the sexes,mystical environments,Medem is a resident of mysterious communications.Ana-Otto,the train… More