Alamar (To the Sea)
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A young boy and his father learn about living in harmony with nature in this languid drama from filmmaker Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio. A man from Mexico (Jorge Machado) travels to Italy and falls in love with a beautiful local woman (Roberta Palombini). Their feelings for one another are strong, but they prove to be short lived, and when they decide to beak up after the birth of their son Natan, he returns to Mexico while she stays in Italy and takes primary custody of the child. However, the father strives to remain a presence in his son's life, and the boy visits his father at least once a… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"So little is said on any subject that we're free to make our own conclusions about the world Natan inhabits."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"As much home movie as neorealist non-narrative, Alamar provides a nearly hypnotic immersion in the brilliantly aqua, impossibly tranquil Caribbean -- a Paradise Regained not just for Natan but for everyone."
‑ J. Hoberman, L.A. Weekly
"At its best, Alamar affirms that the "patient, meditative" film or the stylistic exercise is far less of a cinema pestilence than emotionally cynical works like Life During Wartime."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment Magazine
"An extraordinary portrait of a positive and meaningful father-son relationship that touches the heart."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Mexico's Alamar arrives like a breath of fresh air reminding us of cinema's potential for simple and elegant beauty."
‑ Beth Accomando, KPBS.org
""Alamar" takes a lyrical approach to a story about father-son bonding in the tropics. It's as sketchy as it is beautiful."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Alamar is a slow, beautiful meditation on nature, family and the relationship between father and son."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"A beautifully shot and carefully nuanced look at the forging of a bond between a father and a son."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"Magical portrait of one five-year-old's summer with his fisherman father"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"It is to González-Rubio's credit that he can celebrate nature so joyously, yet suggest neither the preferred lifestyle of either parent is superior to the other."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Pedro González-Rubio takes the viewer on a leisurely journey through the timeless ritual of catching and cleaning fish, and the natural progression of paternal love over the course of a few days."
‑ Loren King, Boston Globe
"It's hard to tell whether this line has been scripted or captured, but it packs an emotional punch all the same."
‑ Adam Nayman, eye WEEKLY
"The opposite of stimulating storytelling: It's a pseudo-vacation."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"Even with the cast playing themselves and a good premise, the idea to script only some of the film ends up creating a series of disconnected sequences."
‑ Katina Vangopoulos, Moviedex
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