Alamar (To the Sea)
Alamar (To the Sea) (2010)

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… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: July 14, 2010
DVD Release Date: January 11, 2011
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

So little is said on any subject that we're free to make our own conclusions about the world Natan inhabits.

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J. Hoberman
L.A. Weekly

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.

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

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.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

"Alamar" takes a lyrical approach to a story about father-son bonding in the tropics. It's as sketchy as it is beautiful.

David Jenkins
Time Out

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.

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Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

Alamar is a slow, beautiful meditation on nature, family and the relationship between father and son.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Loren King
Boston Globe

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.

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Adam Nayman

It's hard to tell whether this line has been scripted or captured, but it packs an emotional punch all the same.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
"Alamar" is a sweet, gentle and beautifully filmed movie. Once upon a time, Jorge(Jorge Machado) and Roberta(Roberta Palombini) fell passionately in… More
John Ballantine
Sweet film that makes you wonder how much of this is a documentary and how much of it was scripted. Something to while away a Sunday afternoon with. Nice length… More