This week's showing by Battelle Film Club is Alamar, which is about the primitive life of its subjects, their interaction with nature and beauty of the simple life of a fisherman.
It’s a difficult life. Fishing is done by spear or without polls or nets.
Three generations fish the warm waters in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Mexico. The elderly father, his son and the grandson. Income is derived from sales to commercial boats that work in the area.
Daycare doesn’t exist so the boy must entertain himself in the boat miles out to sea. No TV, no internet, no game boy. Play is drawing and coloring what he sees, and there's a fun moment or two with a bird that decides to hang around the house.
Their environment is gorgeous. The water of fabled Banco Chinchorro is a beautiful blue, clear and clean.
All of this leads to questions. Has director and writer Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio done a documentary or a film with a plot? It’s the grandson’s last fling with his dad before being forced to move to Italy and live permanently with his Italian mother.
Dad and the kid have similar names, but the grandfather’s name isn’t close. So how much is true and how much is scripted and staged? Will the boy really be separated from his father and be forced to move to a more citified existence in Italy with his mom?
They are interesting questions, but they won’t bother you. Gonzalez-Rubio’s film kind of lulls you to sleep. The sun. The sea. The lapping water. The calm existence of the three characters take you away.
It’s a very enjoyable trip.
Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars
Not rated. Probably PG-13. It plays Friday, May 6 only at the Battelle Auditorium at 8 p.m.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.