Alamar (To the Sea) (2010)



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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.
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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.

Full Review… | February 24, 2011
Toronto Star
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"Alamar" takes a lyrical approach to a story about father-son bonding in the tropics. It's as sketchy as it is beautiful.

December 2, 2010
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review… | October 14, 2010
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review… | October 14, 2010
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review… | September 8, 2010
Time Out
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Pedro González-Rubio takes the viewer on a leisurely journey through the timeless ritual of catching and cleaning fish, and the natural progression of paternal love over the course of a few days.

Full Review… | August 19, 2010
Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for Alamar (To the Sea)

This is a very different kind of documentary from the ones I usually watch. It was very simple yet very 'warm' and touching.

Dany Jim Lop
Dany Jim Lop

A beautiful film about a father teaching his son how to survive on the bumpy sea that is life. Alamar is a masterpiece in every sense of the word, a masterpiece of cinematographry, narrative, directing, and acting.

Cameron Weeks
Cameron Weeks

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.

John Ballantine
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