Alamar (To the Sea) Reviews

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June 7, 2019
A small wonder of a film, a beautiful and bittersweet ode to the love shared by a father and son that resonates in powerful and unexpected ways.
July 1, 2013
At its best, Alamar affirms that the "patient, meditative" film or the stylistic exercise is far less of a cinema pestilence than emotionally cynical works like Life During Wartime.
February 28, 2011
February 26, 2011
February 25, 2011
Alamar is a slow, beautiful meditation on nature, family and the relationship between father and son.
February 25, 2011
It's hard to tell whether this line has been scripted or captured, but it packs an emotional punch all the same.
February 25, 2011
February 25, 2011
So little is said on any subject that we're free to make our own conclusions about the world Natan inhabits.
January 12, 2011
An extraordinary portrait of a positive and meaningful father-son relationship that touches the heart.
January 10, 2011
A beautifully shot and carefully nuanced look at the forging of a bond between a father and a son.
January 7, 2011
The opposite of stimulating storytelling: It's a pseudo-vacation.
December 2, 2010
"Alamar" takes a lyrical approach to a story about father-son bonding in the tropics. It's as sketchy as it is beautiful.
November 12, 2010
Mexico's Alamar arrives like a breath of fresh air reminding us of cinema's potential for simple and elegant beauty.
November 11, 2010
Magical portrait of one five-year-old's summer with his fisherman father
November 10, 2010
Even with the cast playing themselves and a good premise, the idea to script only some of the film ends up creating a series of disconnected sequences.
November 4, 2010
A remarkably pure cinema experience, not just because it's about selfless parental devotion but because the film itself has been stripped down to the basics.
October 14, 2010
It is to Gonzlez-Rubio's credit that he can celebrate nature so joyously, yet suggest neither the preferred lifestyle of either parent is superior to the other.
October 14, 2010
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.
September 27, 2010
The film does a good job of suggesting that this will be a likely outcome, yet it seems curiously uninterested in providing anything other than a rather one-sided view of this relationship.
September 20, 2010
A slow-burn that shows us connections between what's real
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