ALAMAR (2009) is a visually stunning documentary-style movie set, for the most part, in the beautiful area of Banco Chinchorro, Mexico; a coral reef in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Belize. A young boy is taken by his Mexican father to spend a short vacation on the reef.
'Banco Chinchorro is the richest coral reef site in Mexico and is part of the second largest coral reef barrier on the planet. Birthplace and home of a unique wildlife, efforts are being made to declare Banco Chinchorro a world heritage site.'
While it is in documentary-style it is based on the real lives of the characters/actors: Jorge Machado, Roberta Palombini, and young Natan Machado Palombini.
A young man of Mayan roots, Jorge, marries an Italian woman, Roberta, but their feelings for each other change over time because their lifestyles are not compatible. Roberta wants to live in the bussling city of Rome and Jorge wants to live the wild and free life of a fisherman living above the waters of the Caribbean Sea. They have a beautiful son called Natan and Natan is taken to stay with his father in his little wooden stilt house (palafitte) perched above the Banco Chinchorro reef. While there, little Natan learns to snorkel and catch fish and learns about the local flora and fauna alongside his father and grandfather. He makes friends with a white egret which he calls Blanquita.
I just wish there were more movies like this. I was enthralled by the delightful story and the beauty of it all.
It is in Spanish with English subtitles.