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Studio: Film Movement
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Latin America, Mexico
Running Time: 73 min.
Languages: Spanish
Subtitles: English

A young boy and his father learn about living in harmony with nature in this languid drama from filmmaker Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio. A man from Mexico (Jorge Machado) travels to Italy and falls in love with a beautiful local woman (Roberta Palombini). Their feelings for one another are strong, but they prove to be short lived, and when they decide to beak up after the birth of their son Natan, he returns to Mexico while she stays in Italy and takes primary custody of the child. However, the father strives to remain a presence in his son's life, and the boy visits his father at least once a year. As the five-year-old Natan travels to Mexico, his father has joined the family' fishing operation near the coral reefs of Banco Chinchorro. Living in an elevated cottage near the shore, Natan and his family devote their summer to an idyllic existence, spending their days catching the plentiful fish and observing the wildlife, and their nights sitting by the fire and admiring the stars. To the father, this simple life teaches an important lesson of existing in peace with the natural world, and Natan comes to see himself as being as much a part of this environment as the fish, the waterfowl and the seaweed. Alamar (aka To The Sea) was the first solo directorial credit for cinematographer Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio. ~ Mark Deming, AMG

GreenCine Member Reviews

A lovely film by mkaliher2 August 24, 2011 - 1:16 AM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
This film is what I crave in visual storytelling. The short description provided by GreenCine really projects information the film doesn't contain. There is no story line. A man who appears to be a mestizo--and bears a striking resemblance to Bob Marley--has some sort of relationship with a woman from Italy. They have a child together. The child visits the father in Mexico.

95% of the film is a visual description of their time together, fishing and interacting with the man's father (and the boy's grandfather). Although there are hardly any women in the film, it doesn't lack for beauty. A cattle egret they call Blanquita is actually the fifth most prominent character in the film, and she is enchanting.

The cinematographer/director of this remarkable film, Pedro González-Rubio, appears to have a revolutionary approach to storytelling, and deserves greater exposure. GreenCine should acquire his documentaries--Toro Negro, Born Without, and Flores en el Desierto--so we can see more of his wondrous work. In the meantime, give yourself a treat and check out Alamar. It's a gem.

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(Average 7.38)
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