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Alamar [DVD]

4.3 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Jorge Machado, Roberta Palombini, Natan Machado Palombini, Néstor Marín
  • Directors: Pedro Gonzalez Rubio
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: New Wave Films
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Feb. 2011
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00450AFGK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,215 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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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. 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.

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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.
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A very gentle, easy to watch film.
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This is a relaxing a organic real life/fly on the wall type of film (not fictional - it is real life filming), it basically captures the time a young boy spends with his father, in his father and grandfather's land - living and experiencing that side of his culture, which is largely untouched by western society. This is not supposed to be action packed with thrills and special effects, it is supposed to be a simple and true glimpse into another way of life and an opportunity to appreciate this; it is an educational fly on the wall reality snapshot.

The first time I watched Alamar I wasn’t sure what to make of it until toward the end. I didn’t get the point of it and thought it was a bit strange, long winded and lacking in any sort of meaty storyline. Where is this going, I asked?

Now I get it.

Alamar is a true/real life film following a boy who leaves his mother in Rome, to go and spend time on a fishing trip with his Mayan father in the coral reef region of Banco Chinchorro, Mexico.

The film is subtitled but easy to follow – it doesn’t spoil the flow.

Like any art form, different people will always take different things from it.

For me, this little film captured a simpler perspective on fatherhood, a father spending quality time his son, passing down what he knows (in this case fishing, swimming, painting, and handling a pet/animal).

The happiness of simply spending time together in the simplest ways, and seeing how much that time is cherished.

The pain of having to part, when the father is not the full time parent.

The father-grandfather relationship mirroring that of the father and young boy.
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There is not really much of a story in the film, a boy from Rome visits his dad for the summer in Mexico and then he goes back again. But the dad is a Maya Indian, and a fisherman with a very simple life, and it is the description of this life, its quiet pace, its regularity and simplicity, and its breathtaking setting that makes this such a delightful film that takes away all of your stress for a moment. The director makes a half-hearted attempt to introduce a bit of a story about a bird that is part of the household, but disappears and dad and son go looking for it, but it looks constructed and becomes a slightly annoying distraction in an otherwise beautiful film.
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What a wonderful film. This is not for those looking for action, plot or a discernible story, rather it's an insight into a way of life that is now only open to a lucky few. The film is a very gentle exploration of the relationships between three generations and in turn, their relationship and interaction with their environment. I envied the grandfather, who was content to sit under the stars, sipping coffee, enjoying the moment night after night with no TV, internet, smart phones, social media etc all the things that us in advanced civilizations cannot now live without. It made me feel quite sad that all I have to offer my children is a world of endless competitive materialism, of wanting 50 quid sweatshirts made in sweatshops with the right logos on so they don't stand out at school as being weird, It's a slow film but it makes you realise the life we've thrown away in the race for ever more wealth with no finish line ever in sight.
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This film was great to sit back and watch. A story of a father and his son bonding. The scenery was spectacular, and the simple lifestyle was one I would like to try for a short while as it seemed like there were no worldly pressures. I liked the documentary style of filming, I would have prefered slightly more dialogue.
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