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Alamar

By AARON MESH
[ONE NIGHT ONLY] A documentary with traces of fictionalized structure, Alamar is not expressly a children’s movie—but you should take thoughtful kids, assuming they can speak Spanish, or can read, or you promise to whisper the subtitles to them very quietly, so as not to break the movie’s spell. (The words are few and simple: The title, for example, means “to the sea.”) Pedro González-Rubio’s brief movie (just 73 minutes!) follows a tiny boy, Natan Machado Palombini, as he goes to live with his father and grandfather in a fishing shack on wooden stilts above the Banco Chinchorro atoll reef off the Caribbean coast of Mexico. The three males spear lobsters, eat fried barracuda and feed scraps to a crocodile that lives, terrifyingly, under the house. There is also an egret, which Natan names Blanquita, feeds roaches and takes as a kind of sister. It’s hard to say how much of this is documentary: The men may to some degree be playing roles in the story of fatherhood in an impossibly bucolic setting. But then the bird may not be a girl, either. It doesn’t matter. The bird is a bird. And it might be best, for once, to overlook adult questions and enjoy. To the sea!
 

Special Note

NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 5 pm Sunday, Dec. 30. Includes admission to Who's Camus, Anyway? at 6:45 pm
 
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  • Release Date: Thursday, December 20, 2012
  • Critic's Score: B+
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