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TO THE SEA ALAMAR

Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio
Mexico 2009 74min HD color Documentary
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To the Sea is the second feature film by Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio from Mexico about a father and his young son who go on a short trip together before they have to move far away from each other. This documentary style film takes place near Banco Chinchorro, the second largest coral reef in the world, and shows a beautiful image of how humans and nature come together through the daily routine of a father and son who are granted a short time to live together. The camera maintains an honest and sincere perspective in dealing with the subject and presents with serenity and simplicity the child’s sad situation of having to live far away from one of his parents. Pedro combines the elements of a documentary with a fiction effectively, transforming the breathtakingly beautiful landscape into the poetic imagery of a son and his father on what may turn out to be their last trip together. The cinematic perspective is unique in its consistency of being honest and simple toward the subject, striking straight at the heart of the audience without falling into the sentimentality expected of the subject. The emotions of the characters and cinematic moments pile up until the last scene where the bubble bursts, and the simple, short trip becomes a beautiful journey that will long be remembered by the father and son as well as the audience. This film’s use of the digital camera to freely cross the boundaries of documentary and feature film places it in the stream of “films on the border” and it will be considered an important and challenging accomplishment for Mexican films which have been gaining attention recently.

CREDIT
  • DirectorPedro Gonzalez-Rubio
  • ScreenplayPedro Gonzalez-Rubio
  • ProducerJaime Romandia
  • CinematographyPedro Gonzalez-Rubio
  • EditorPedro Gonzalez-Rubio
  • SoundManuel Carranza
  • Art DirectorPedro Gonzalez-Rubio
CastJorge Machado, Natan Machado Palombini, Nestor Marin, Roberta Palombini
DIRECTOR
Pedro González-Rubio
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