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Alamar -- Before their inevitable farewell, a young man of Mayan roots and Natan, his half Italian son, embark on an epic journey into the open sea.

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Writer:
Pedro González-Rubio (screenplay)
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14 July 2010 (USA) See more »
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Before their inevitable farewell, a young man of Mayan roots and Natan, his half Italian son, embark on an epic journey into the open sea. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Pedro González-Rubio 
 
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Pedro González-Rubio  screenplay

Produced by
Pedro González-Rubio .... producer
Jaime Romandia .... producer
 
Original Music by
Diego Benlliure 
 
Cinematography by
Pedro González-Rubio 
 
Film Editing by
Pedro González-Rubio 
 
Production Design by
Pedro González-Rubio 
 
Production Management
Øyvind Stiauren .... post-production supervisor
Joakim Ziegler .... post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Manuel Carranza .... sound recordist
Paulina Márquez .... sound producer
Adrián Reynoso .... sound editor
Emmanuel Romero .... sound designer
Rodolfo Romero .... sound designer
 
Visual Effects by
Raul Luna .... visual effects artist
Rodrigo Santoyo .... visual effects artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Torres Castilla .... underwater photographer
Alexis Zabe .... underwater photographer
 
Editorial Department
Edna Beatriz Cruz Miranda .... post-production assistant
Alan Durán Alatorre .... post-production assistant
Raul Luna .... color grading
 
Music Department
Uriel Esquenazi .... composer: theme music
 

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Also Known As:
"To the Sea" - Canada (English title) (festival title), International (English title) (informal literal title)
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73 min
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Tired of the repeated question about whether his movie is fictional or documentary, director 'Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio' finally explained to one festival audience: "It's a film".See more »
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Jorge:Me neither, I drink my coffee every night before going to bed
Matraca:Me too, when I'm with my buddies we always have coffee. But we drink it during daytime
Jorge:With the old guys
Matraca:With my buddies, the young guys
Jorge:What do you mean by young guys. Are they your age. If they are your age than that's not young anymore. You have lived many spring times, you're not that young any more
Matraca:Well, I'm still young at heart. I don't feel old...
Jorge:One thing is to feel and another is to be old
Matraca:- like some guys who feel old. Not me. The only thing that's old are the roads... and we're still on them
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A lyrical film of rare natural beauty, 1 May 2011
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

The unconditional love of a father for his young son is paramount in Pedro Gonzales-Rubio's cinematic tone poem, Alamar, a lyrical film of rare natural beauty. Set in the Banco Chinchorro, the largest atoll in Mexico and the habitat of hundreds of different species, director Rubio's 73-minute part fiction and part documentary film is imbued with a love of the sea and respect for the environment. According to the director, "By photographing and developing a story based on the current relation between man and his habitat in Chinchorro (declared in 1996 a Natural Reserve of the Biosphere by UNESCO), I intend to portray my love for this region and the admiration and respect I have towards the lives of its fishermen." Though the young boy, Natan (Natan Machado Palombini), will soon leave for Rome, Italy to live with his Italian mother Roberta (Roberta Palombini), she agrees to let him spend time with his father Jorge (Jorge Machado), a spear fisherman, but it will not be for an extended stay. "We'll be gone for a while, and when we come back, you'll go with Mommy," he tells Natan sadly. Jorge lives with his own father, Matraca (Nestor Martin), in a house built on stilts in the middle of the water and their simple life is in harmony with nature. Together they show the young boy the way to reel in a fish, how to spear lobster and barracudas, and how to scale and clean fish for consumption.

Initially seasick, Jorge holds Natan lovingly until his sickness disappears and they are free to navigate the luminous blue-green waters. Together, Jorge, Natan, and Matraca dive under the water where, according to a travel guide for the Costa Maya region of Mexico, "the diving is spectacular with large blue sponges, many fish, turtles, sea walls full of life, and a clear sunlit scenario that includes many sunken ships." What soon becomes evident, beyond the simple satisfaction in life that they experience, is the bond between Jorge and Natan that develops between sleeping in hammocks, drinking strong coffee, and engaging in playful wrestling matches. Natan's new world is far from the challenges of living in a big city. Here there are no I-pods, cell phones, or high-definition TV, only the stark beauty of unspoiled nature.

Important lessons about life are also learned. Natan has his first experience of loss and impermanence when the white bird they named Blanquita which they have been feeding every day, suddenly disappears. Alamar is a hypnotic and poetic film that is a welcome change from the never-ending assembly line of films about social dysfunction of one kind or another. An ode to fatherly love, it is a poignant reminder of the phrase of the Roman poet Ovid who said, "Everything changes, nothing dies." Joy turns to tears, which again turns to joy in an endless cycle, yet, though circumstances change, love is a constant that endures.

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