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

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

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

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Julio Medem directed this romantic Spanish drama with location scenes in Finland. School children Ana (Sara Valiente) and Otto (Peru Medem) are brought together when a paper airplane flown from a window by Otto unites Ana's mother Olga (Maru Valdiviesio) with Otto's father Alvaro (Nancho Novo). After this encounter, Olga and Alvaro fall in love -- with the result that Alvaro leaves Otto's German mother Ula (Beate Jensen). To be near Ana, Otto begins living with Alvaro and Olga. Ana believes that Otto harbors the soul of her dead father. As adolescents, Otto (Fele Martinez) and Ana (Najwa Nimri) share a kiss over a book opened to a passage about the Arctic Circle, and they often sleep together. Otto is grief-stricken by the death of his mother -- partially due to his leaving her for Ana. Shown at 1998 film festivals (Venice, Toronto).

Cast

Najwa Nimri
as Ana Joven
Fele Martínez
as Otto Joven
Peru Medem
as Otto as a Child
Sara Valiente
as Ana as a Child
Victor Hugo Oliveira
as Otto as a Teenager
Kristel Diaz
as Ana as a Teenager
Pep Munne
as Javier
Jaroslaw Bielski
as Alvaro Midelman
Joost Siedhoff
as Otto Midelman
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Critic Reviews for The Lovers of the Arctic Circle (Los Amantes del Círculo Polar) (The Lovers from the North Pole)

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (7)

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.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Under the midnight sun. It's dreamy and weird.

January 11, 2022 | Full Review…

...large swaths of The Lovers of the Arctic circle aren't quite as wholeheartedly engrossing or captivating as one might've hoped...

January 30, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Its characters belong less to any recognizable social reality than to the obvious wheezings of an imagination that, having decided that Arctic Circle necessitates making the male lover a pilot, thinks it's clever to name the pilot Otto...

July 15, 2019 | Full Review…

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

April 25, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A triumphant exercise in style.

January 13, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

½

Told almost as a quirky love fable bathed in icy blue and full of the most poetic coincidences, this is an atypical romance that doesn't even let us notice how strangely hooked to these odd characters we become, hoping above all else that fate will bring them together in the end.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

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 watched the first few minutes of the movie I started to get into it. I adored the characters of Ana and Otto as children. Otto and Ana became brother and sister because Otto's father married Ana's mother. Soon Ana and Otto began to sleep with each other and they fell in love.Things changed for Otto when his mother died. He left everything and everyone behind. He became a pilot for a mailing service. Ana decided to leave also and she went to live in Lapland, Finland. Otto and Ana ended up meeting here.The movie was full of twists and turns. It portrayed the way Ana saw life and the way Otto did.To Ana, life was full of coincidences, while Otto saw life as running in a circle. Overall, it was an enjoyable movie,

Daisy  Maduro
Daisy Maduro

Super Reviewer

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 of one element.That of surreal expiation.

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

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