Friday, July 8, 2011

Alamar (To the Sea)

File this one under an interesting slice of life film, with not much story to tell, but plenty to show about a particular, unique culture.  Natan has a few days to spend with his father and grandfather before he returns to Italy where he will live with his mom.  Natan's father, like his father, is a fisherman on a barrier reef in Mexico.  They feed the birds and alligators from their porch.  Fishing for a living, they apparently barely get by, and live as fishermen in that region have lived for generations.
There are plenty of touching father/son moments in Alamar.
There is some beautiful photography, and, as I suggested, it's interesting to see into a culture and lifestyle so different from my own.  But not much happens in the movie, so be prepared: it leans closer to being a documentary than a narrative film.  This is a Film Movement movie.

Bottom line, 2 1/2 stars.

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