Alamar review

Father and son go on one final holiday...

Written, lensed and directed by twentysomething Mexican filmmaker Pedro González-Rubio, this terrific blend of documentary and fiction records a blissful summer trip undertaken by divorced father Jorge (Jorge Machado) and his five-year-old son Natan (Natan Machado Palombini), before the child returns to Italy to live with his mother.

Travelling to a Caribbean island, Jorge and Natan snorkel, catch and cook fish and befriend a white egret.

Paring dialogue to a minimum, González-Rubio immerses us in a world of natural beauty; better still, he never allows the bonding to turn soggy.

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