Film Scouts and Newsweek at Sundance 1999

"Amantes del Círculo Polar, Los (The Lovers of the Arctic Circle)"

by Andréa C. Basora

Spanish director Julio Medem unveils another of his radically original cinematic meditations. "Lovers of the Arctic Circle" is a tale of love and destiny that intertwines the narratives of two lovers raised as brother and sister when their parents marry, and who are then separated by a family tragedy. The film works on both an emotional and intellectual level. Medem's musings on the nature of life, and death, passion and obsession, amazingly does not detract from the very moving plight of the lovers of the title. While the actors turn in fine performances, what lingers after the film is over is its quiet thoughtfulness and its clever use of images.

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