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Alamar (2009)

Jorge Machado , Roberta Palombini , Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jorge Machado, Roberta Palombini, Natan Machado Palombini, Nestor Marin Matraca
  • Directors: Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio
  • Producers: Jaime Romandia
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Film Movement / Mantarraya
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0038KT8ZW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,940 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Alamar" on IMDb

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Jorge and Roberta have been separated for several years. They simply come from opposite worlds: he likes an uncomplicated life in the jungle, while she prefers a more urban existence. He is Mexican and she is Italian, and she has decided to return to Rome with their five-year-old son, Natan. But before they leave, Jorge wishes to take young Natan on a trip, hoping to teach him about his Mayan origins in Mexico. At first the boy is physically and emotionally uncomfortable with the whole affair, and gets seasick on the boat taking them to their destination. But as father and son spend more time together, Natan begins a learning experience that will remain with him forever.


A gem! …One of the true delicacies of the film-going year. --Michael Phillips, The Chicago Tribune

Gorgeously photographed… Do not miss it! --David Fear, Time Out New York

Luminous…elegantly photographed. --Stephen Holden, The New York Times

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly beautiful January 31, 2011
One of the loveliest films I've ever seen. An affair between a vacationing Italian woman and Jorge, a fiercely handsome Mexican fisherman, leads to the birth of a little boy, Natan. The couple breaks up, with sadness but no rancor, because there is no way to accommodate the distance between their respective worlds. When he is probably around five, the boy goes to spend a summer with his father and grandfather. The father offers all that he has: himself, his love, and his world. It is a world of men who live in nature, doing things a child can share, filled with wonder and beauty. At the end of their time together, a bond has formed between father and son.. "I will always be with you."
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, delicate, and emotional June 9, 2011
By Alex
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Loved, loved, loved this film. It tells the incredible story or a Mexican man, Jorge, spending a summer in his native coast and in the sea (a la mar = to the sea) with his young son Natan before he has to bring Natan to stay with his mother in Rome. I don't want to use the term "male bonding" because it can have such silly connotations but ultimately that's what this movie is about; moreover, the bond between a father and son and the bond between men and nature. Jorge shows Natan their roots in the Mayan culture by bringing him along in the water on the Banco Chinchorro, a huge coral reef, where they fish. It looks at the physicality of men in both doing productive work to catch and prepare the fish and in playing with each other, just wrestling around.

A large egret, who they name "Blanquita," becomes a poignant theme in the film, showing Natan that sometimes you have to say goodbye, even if you did your best to get to know someone. As heartwarming as it is to see Jorge and Natan grow close, a pall hangs over the film as we know that they will have to part at the end of the trip. It was difficult to tell if the movie was fiction or a documentary, I've been doing some research and it still isn't clear - especially since Jorge and Natan are real-life father and son and Jorge did have to bring Natan to stay with his mother in Rome while he remained in Banco Chinchorro. This blurred fiction serves to make "Alamar" all the more powerful. The filming was very rhythmic, in time with the sea and nature around them. It was like being transported into a totally different time. Meanwhile, the scenery is marvelous and there are some really astounding underwater shots, including some of the men fishing like birds diving into the water with spears. Moving, wonderful film. It transported me to a nature paradise outside of the realm of cars, pollution, and cell phones. I only wish I could have stayed there longer..
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Love the Sea, You Will Be Happy March 11, 2011
This film made me think of what life would have been like in a "Garden of Eden." It starts out as a story of two lovers - an Italian and a Native American from Mexico who have a child but whose adult life styles are simply too different to stay together. Natan - the boy - goes to live with his mother in Rome...but when he is 5 years old his Mayan father asks permission to bring his child to his remote Caribbean isle in Mexico to bond with his son (yes) but also to impart in a very real way his vision of the world.

This is a movie about the everyday existence of simple fishermen living next to a beautiful coral reef hidden away from most of the modern conveniences of urban culture. One would think that a movie without a plot would be boring - but it turns into a deeply meditative experience - even a healing experience of human life in full harmony with nature. There is very little music - perhaps the "whir" of a motor boat or the pulsating rhythm of waves beating against a wooden platform. The cinematography is splendid - peaceful - in tune with nature.

In a sense it is a "parable" of three generations: the boy, his father Jorge, and his grandfather - all toasted by the sun and living out a modest existence from the fruits of the sea. The father gives his son his first taste of snorkeling and we see images of the father and grandfather snorkeling underwater and spearing lobsters for their living. They glide like birds who plunge from the sky and spear their catch. Another time the father and son are fishing barracuda. The boy is introduced slowly and lovingly to the life of a fisherman who respects marine and bird life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alamar, a captivating father and son portrait September 2, 2011
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Alamar is a crude diamond, an intimate and candid narrative of the experience of a small boy and his father. Parents are split. Son lives in Rome with mother. Son is taken to visit his father in Mexico, who is a "Tarzan" of the sea, living as a fisherman and embedded in nature. The beauty is raw and little by little the shy boy slowly becomes captivated by his father's embracing love and his teachings about nature and the life of fishermen. Never sentimental, and spare in dialogue, it is an original and truly unforgettable filmic achievement that is authentic to the core.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fishing with Natan February 7, 2011
By Alfredo
Have you watched 'Fishing with John', John Lurie's tongue-in-cheek series of short documentaries, in each of which he takes one of his celebrity friends (Tom Waits, William Dafoe, Jim Jarmusch, etc.) fishing at an exotic location? This documentary is somewhat similar, only it's the real deal. You're invited to watch three generations of men (the youngest of which is a young boy called Natan) fishing freely off the coast of Mexico. For just over an hour you can forget about Facebook or Twitter, and observe what comes through as a beautiful, surprisingly bare way of life that is intrinsically connected to the wildlife and nature. Before Natan splits to Rome indefinitely with his Italian mother, his Mexican father and grandpa give the child a taste of what it's like to be a fisherman. Director Pedro González-Rubio does a great job at capturing the family's situation and a sense of the kind of memories that Natan is to carry with him across to Europe.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see!
Beautiful cinematography. Endearing film.
Published 15 days ago by Christopher Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice view of living naturally...
A very good movie, if you do not want to be a psychiatrist and analyze everything one does. I recommend it for all...
Published 3 months ago by Clarke Lewis McGee
4.0 out of 5 stars simple, touching and beautiful
Truely a beautiful movie. An tiny insight to how three people live and how they do it peacefully and with love for eachother and the nature surrounding them.
Published 3 months ago by Katie L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film.
Great film..... it helps us to remember the important parts of life. Family. LOVE. and our human connection to the sea.
Published 3 months ago by Sara Renshaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Interesting but Slow
The synopsis captures the movie basics. It is beautifully filmed. For those of you, who like me, like to just sit back and maybe experience a kind of life we will never see, this... Read more
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Published 20 months ago by Lisa Rudolph
4.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing movie
This is a very good movie with beautiful scenery and has a nice story as well. We have watched it several times and enjoy it. You will forget it is a documentary.
Published 20 months ago by jmb236
5.0 out of 5 stars A peaceful chill out movie.
It will make you dream of the beach. It may put you to sleep. It is perfect and it is calm.
Published 20 months ago by Dark Ocean
5.0 out of 5 stars island life
Wonderful movie. Don't expect anything too exciting to happen during this film. The plot is kept very simple and the attention is in the details. Read more
Published 21 months ago by linderella8282
4.0 out of 5 stars Low key slice of mellow Caribbean life
This movie is very low key. It's almost like you are tagging along with some people who live very differently than you do, just to see what they do all day. Read more
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