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Directed by: Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio

Produced: 2009

Countries & Regions: Mexico

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Certificate: PG

Length: 73 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 28 February 2011

Cat No: NW022

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Languages(s): Spanish, Italian
Subtitles: English
Interactive Menu
Screen ratio 1:1.78
Dolby Digital

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Alamar

Cast: Jorge Machado , Natan Machado Palombini , Nestor Marin , Roberta Palombini

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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

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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 the world, which lies just off the Mexican coast. Five-year-old Natan (Natan Machado Palombini) is the son of an Italian mother (Roberta Palombini) and Mexican father (Jorge Machado) who have recently divorced. Before leaving for a new life in Rome with his mother, Natan spends a final summer with his father and grandfather (Nestor Marin) in their simple fisherman’s shack at the Banco Chinchorro, learning the ways of their work and forming a bond that, despite its simplicity and strength, is inevitably overshadowed by Natan’s impending departure.

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.

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