Alamar 2010

Critics score:
91 / 100

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Stephen Holden, New York Times: Elegantly photographed by Mr. Gonzalez-Rubio, Alamar makes every shot a composition. Read more

John Hartl, Seattle Times: "Alamar" takes a lyrical approach to a story about father-son bonding in the tropics. It's as sketchy as it is beautiful. Read more

Noel Murray, AV Club: There isn't much to Alamar -- and Gonzalez-Rubio sometimes seems to go out of his way to keep the film uncluttered by incident -- but it's short and agreeable... Read more

Loren King, Boston Globe: Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio takes the viewer on a leisurely journey through the timeless ritual of catching and cleaning fish, and the natural progression of paternal love over the course of a few days. Read more

Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times: It is to Gonzalez-Rubio's credit that he can celebrate nature so joyously, yet suggest neither the preferred lifestyle of either parent is superior to the other. Read more

J. Hoberman, L.A. Weekly: As much home movie as neorealist non-narrative, Alamar provides a nearly hypnotic immersion in the brilliantly aqua, impossibly tranquil Caribbean -- a Paradise Regained not just for Natan but for everyone. Read more

David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle: Without the director resorting to sentiment, we experience the growing bond between father and son. Their happiness is infectious. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: Read more

Linda Barnard, Toronto Star: So little is said on any subject that we're free to make our own conclusions about the world Natan inhabits. Read more

David Jenkins, Time Out: Moving but never sentimental, ambient but rigorously focused, this is an assured, refreshingly simple film where the dramas and responsibilities of parenthood exist inside a bubble of blissed-out tropicalia. Read more

Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out: Settling into a small hut on stilts surrounded by turquoise water, Alamar casts an uncommonly realistic spell, father bonding with son as they pull wriggling snappers from the depths alongside a grinning grandpa. Read more

Jay Weissberg, Variety: A lovely, soulful feature from multihyphenate Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio that plays on the border between documentary and fiction. Read more