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