Alamar (2009)

G  |   |  Documentary, Drama  |  14 July 2010 (USA)
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Before their inevitable farewell, Jorge, a young man of Mayan roots, and Natan, his half-Italian son, spend time together living off the Banco Chinchorro coral reef.


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Jorge Machado ...
Roberta Palombini ...
Natan Machado Palombini ...
Nestór Marín ...
Garza Silvestre ...


Before their inevitable farewell, Jorge, a young man of Mayan roots, and Natan, his half-Italian son, spend time together living off the Banco Chinchorro coral reef.

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sea | mexico | holiday | crocodile | egret | See All (12) »


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Release Date:

14 July 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

To the Sea  »

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$7,668 (USA) (16 July 2010)


$61,613 (USA) (11 February 2011)

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This is practically a completely true-to-life documentary, since all the actors are playing themselves in a real situation and are all related just as shown in the movie, although 'Nestor Marin' is actually a life-long father figure to Machado, not his biological father. See more »


Jorge: It's not just a problem about feelings. The problem... is that I'm unhappy with your reality and you are with mine.
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Crazy Credits

The cast list includes a credit for Garza Silvestre playing the role of Blanquita, the egret that appears in the film. "Garza Silvestre" means "wild heron" in Spanish. See more »

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Don't expect giant sharks.
13 July 2010 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

Alamar, shown in the U.S. as To the Sea (2009), is directed, written, produced, filmed, and edited by Pedro González-Rubio. The film follows a young man from Italy, Natan Machado Palombini, who joins his father, Jorge Machado, and his grandfather, Nestór Marín, in a fishing village on the coast of Mexico.

As would be expected, this represents an immense change in culture and experience for Natan. However, his father and grandfather are so gentle, and their life--as portrayed in the film--so full of dignity, that Natan makes the transition smoothly and well.

This is an independent film that works, mainly because the characters are likable, the setting is new and different for U.S. viewers, and no artificial problems or disasters are introduced to move the plot forward.

This film will be acceptable on a small screen, but will work better on a large screen, because the sea and sky are an integral part of the film's composition. (We saw it at the Rochester 360- 365 film festival.) However, in any format, it's worth seeking out and viewing.

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