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.
(0:31) A teenage Otto climbs through Ana’s window in the dead of night to explore his erotic urges.
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1993’s ”Map of the Human Heart” is eerily similar: An Arctic pilot and his lifelong love are reunited despite mad improbabilities. Just happenstance?