Some random reflections from a shallow consumer of lots of movies.
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.