Alamar – Movie Review
Genre: naturalistic drama, documentary
Starring: Jorge Machado, Natan Machado Palombini
Directed by: Pedro González-Rubio
For fans of: the fishing industry, kids learning the fishing industry, the Mayans
ONE MINUTE SUMMARY
Natan, a young boy of Mayan and Italian descent, meets with his father for an extended period to learn the art of fishing like his ancestors. On top of the bluest waters you’ll ever see, Natan experiences life as it was lived hundreds of years ago. Hundreds of years ago for most of us; however, Natan’s father and grandfather still live, and thrive, fishing above the sharks and below the seagulls.
At just over an hour, Alamar is slice of life experience. Jorge, Natan’s father, is a gentle and loving father. The life he lives is absolutely foreign and truly fascinating. Barefooted and bare-chested, Jorge spends almost all his time fishing. Yet with the little time they do have for fun, he and Natan enjoy wrestling and training a seagull. This wasn’t what I expected; it’s much better and much more.
OVERALL RATING: 7 out of 10