Alamar (To the Sea) (2010)
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So little is said on any subject that we're free to make our own conclusions about the world Natan inhabits.
"Alamar" takes a lyrical approach to a story about father-son bonding in the tropics. It's as sketchy as it is beautiful.
It is to González-Rubio's credit that he can celebrate nature so joyously, yet suggest neither the preferred lifestyle of either parent is superior to the other.
As much home movie as neorealist non-narrative, Alamar provides a nearly hypnotic immersion in the brilliantly aqua, impossibly tranquil Caribbean -- a Paradise Regained not just for Natan but for everyone.
Moving but never sentimental, ambient but rigorously focused, this is an assured, refreshingly simple film where the dramas and responsibilities of parenthood exist inside a bubble of blissed-out tropicalia.
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Sweet film that makes you wonder how much of this is a documentary and how much of it was scripted. Something to while away a Sunday afternoon with. Nice length however. I think any more sweetness, I would begin to find it grating.
"Alamar" is a sweet, gentle and beautifully filmed movie. Once upon a time, Jorge(Jorge Machado) and Roberta(Roberta Palombini) fell passionately in love and had a child but then reality set in. It soon became clear they had distinct needs in life, being from very different places, and separated.(Cue the opening credits from "Green Acres.") At the start of the movie, Roberta, who lives in the urban paradise of Rome, is sending their son Natan(Natan Machado Palombini) to spend time with his father and other relatives at the aquatic paradise of Banco Chinchorro in Mexico. It is there in a sort of men's club(the only sign of women are the pin-ups adorning the huts) that Natan is shown how to explore underwater and fish by his father and grandfather(Nestor Marin) which his family has been doing for generations. This resonated with me, reminding me of fishing as a boy in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, although we never caught fish anywhere near that large. In fact, the fish are so large and plentiful in the movie that even the crocodile does well for himself, just sitting around.
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