Alamar (To the Sea) Reviews

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 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
So little is said on any subject that we're free to make our own conclusions about the world Natan inhabits.
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.
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 15, 2010
Magic realism in the purest, simplest sense.
September 10, 2010
This slight and picturesque faux-documentary is like a family photo album brought to life.
September 9, 2010
Alamar, for all its laid-back charm, offers no real answers and its naivety is perplexing.
September 9, 2010
A joyous exploration of family life that will touch and surprise.
September 8, 2010
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.
August 19, 2010
Pedro Gonzlez-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.
July 30, 2010
Without the director resorting to sentiment, we experience the growing bond between father and son. Their happiness is infectious.
July 15, 2010
There isn't much to Alamar -- and Gonzlez-Rubio sometimes seems to go out of his way to keep the film uncluttered by incident -- but it's short and agreeable...
July 15, 2010
Elegantly photographed by Mr. Gonzlez-Rubio, Alamar makes every shot a composition.
July 14, 2010
Settling into a small hut on stilts surrounded by turquoise water, Alamar casts an uncommonly realistic spell, father bonding with son as they pull wriggling snappers from the depths alongside a grinning grandpa.
July 11, 2010
Alamar is as much about the way a coat of yellow paint looks spread across wooden planks as it is the tender regard a father bestows on his son or the manner by which a lobster is speared and stripped.
July 6, 2010
A lovely, soulful feature from multihyphenate Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio that plays on the border between documentary and fiction.