Directed by: Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio
Countries & Regions: Mexico
Length: 73 mins
Region: Region 2
Released: 28 February 2011
Cat No: NW022
Languages(s): Spanish, Italian
Screen ratio 1:1.78
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Mexican filmmaker Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio directs this part film/part documentary set on Banco Chinchorro, the second largest coral reef in... Read More
A cinematic message-in-a-bottle from one of the remotest parts of the planet, Alamar is the most visually arresting film you'll see all year. It's also the least cynical and most compassionate.
Set in the beautiful Banco Chinchorro, Mexico's second largest barrier reef, it's a semi-documentary portrait of Jorge and Natan, real-life father and son, enjoying an extended working holiday with Natan's grandfather, Nestor. Jorge has separated from his Italian wife, so these precious few weeks represent his only chance to bond with his child. They stay in Nestor's palafitte – a wooden hut precariously balanced on stilts poking out of the seawater itself – and help the old man eke out a living as a marine fisherman.
Equally in love with both nature and people, the film's most moving moments come through an attention to bodies and their placement in shot – Jorge holding a protective hand over his son's belly, an arm gripping the side of a speedboat as it races out to sea – and the interaction between Natan and a lost white bird. It's a kind of pure cinema that is wholly unsentimental but completely magical.