Alamar (U)

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The Independent Culture

This slight and picturesque faux-documentary is like a family photo album brought to life.

It describes the daily routines of reef fishermen in Mexico's Banco Chinchorro, where a five-year-old boy, Natan, raised by his Italian mother, has gone to holiday with his cool dad, Jorge, and grandfather. Essentially, it's a record of filial togetherness, set around a coral community where lobster and barracuda, speared in the ocean deep, will end up as supper, while crocodiles munch on the leftovers. The pace is gentle, the characterisation minimal, the location breathtaking.