Alamar (To The Sea)

Alamar (To The Sea)

A father of Mayan origins and his son Natan spend their last days together before Natan returns to live with his Italian mother in Rome. Spending their days at sea, their relationship grows as they connect with life above and below the surface of the sea.--©Official Site 3.7 out of 5 based on 10 reviews
Alamar (To The Sea)

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Certificate
Genre Foreign, Drama
Director Pedro González-Rubio
Cast Nestór Marín, Natan Machado Palombini, Roberta Palombini Jorge Machado
Studio New Wave Films
Release Date September 2010
Running Time 73 mins
 

A father of Mayan origins and his son Natan spend their last days together before Natan returns to live with his Italian mother in Rome. Spending their days at sea, their relationship grows as they connect with life above and below the surface of the sea.--©Official Site

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Reviews

The New York Times

Stephen Holden

“Alamar” (“To the Sea”) risks lapsing into ethnographic sentimentality and at moments comes perilously close to turning into an escapist fantasy of abandoning civilization for never-never land. But in a gentle, firm voice, it teaches hard lessons about impermanence and letting go.

13/07/2010

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The Observer

Philip French

A limited delight that's over too soon.

12/09/2010

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The Daily Telegraph

Sukhdev Sandhu

Is it fiction? Is it a documentary? Alamar, by Mexican director Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio, feels like a sun-kissed dream-drift. It’s a haze of a film, tremulous with emotion, bursting with poignancy.

09/09/2010

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Time Out

David Jenkins

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.

09/09/2010

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The Times

Kevin Maher

The final sequence, of the once terrified Natan scuba-diving alone, is both beautiful to watch and sweetly moving.

10/09/2020

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Total Film

Tom Dawson

Paring dialogue to a minimum, González-Rubio immerses us in a world of natural beauty; better still, he never allows the bonding to turn soggy.

14/09/2010

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Empire Magazine

David Parkinson

A joyous exploration of family life that will touch and surprise.

20/09/2010

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

It is almost a “silent movie”, even amid speech. But by the end, when a bottle with a boy’s message in it, thrown into the sea, is rhymed in the next and final shot with a bubble blown over a Rome park, we realise a perfect story has been told. That of a boy creating his formative memories, fragile, translucent, eternal.

15/09/2010

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

The pace is gentle, the characterisation minimal, the location breathtaking.

10/09/2010

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

There are some lovely, gentle moments in this documentary-style feature from Mexican director Pedro González-Rubio, set around the ravishingly beautiful coral reef of Banco Chinchorro in the Caribbean off the Mexican coast.

09/09/2010

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