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Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe (2008)



Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1

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Former music video director Fernando Eimbcke continues to hone his feature film career with this drama concerning a 14-year-old boy who makes the transition from childhood to adulthood while attempting to repair an irreplaceable gift. The final gift that Juan ever received from his father was a car. Now Juan has crashed that car, and he's determined to get it in working order again. As Juan searches the city for car parts, he gradually begins to realize that the decisions he makes over the

Nov 10, 2009

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Fortunately, Eimbcke's laconic if fanciful storytelling strengths ring more true than his somewhat artificial and hackneyed visual style, which includes a penchant for lengthy wide-angle shots that make the world look like a feverishly alien place.

July 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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With Lake Tahoe, Mexican filmmaker Fernando Eimbcke proves himself adept at turning a blank screen into a work of art.

July 10, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
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So different from the usual fare that it might have arrived from another galaxy.

July 10, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Inspired by a childhood accident that befell director Fernando Eimbcke soon after his father's death, this low-key character study is a beguiling paradox of Mexican suburban splendor masking personal grief.

July 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Coming down from the Saturday sugar rush of his 2006 comedy Duck Season, Mexican auteur Fernando Eimbcke's lovely, Yucatán-set dramedy drifts by on a similar deadpan wave of static vignettes and lingering pauses that must be 10 months pregnant.

July 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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It ultimately sags under the weight of its bloated silences and stagnant story line.

June 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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[Eimbcke finds] warmth, humor and grace in these ragged environments. Once we learn the cause of Juan's malaise, images we've already seen take on extraordinary significance.

June 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Filmwell

[Lake Tahoe is] a small, calm movie that will take you into another world...

January 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Playback:stl

Eimbcke's Jarmusch-ian comedy is laced with something stronger.

December 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

An offbeat droll black comedy that worked for me in the Zen way it made its seemingly simple tale poignant and compelling in such a unique way.

November 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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If you're patient -- the beautifully composed wide-angle camerawork helps -- the reason for the protagonist's down-in-the-mouth behavior emerges, and finally from the languor comes a sweet little payoff.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Eimbcke's world -- sun-baked and lazy and almost devoid of activity or adults -- may seem aimless and pointless, but he manages a delightfully complete wrap-up and payoff.

July 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

If a dramatic action occurs in Lake Tahoe, a new film from Mexican director Fernando Eimbcke, you probably won't see it.

July 15, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Press
New York Press

A simply complex, intelligent and quietly absorbing drama with just the right blend of humor, tenderness and cinéma vérité realism.

July 11, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Could be quirky enough to ensnare devotees of indie film.

July 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

has an even less assuming sense of comedy to it but is far more consistent in its gags

July 9, 2009 Full Review Source:

Eimbcke has an undeniable gift for deftly doleful wavelengths.

July 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Lake Tahoe confirms Embicke as a promising young talent, but simultaneously raises some worries that he's only able to offer a small, singular form of pleasure.

June 24, 2009 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Lake Tahoe

In Lake Tahoe, Fernando Eimbcke tackles nearly every rites of passage that one adolescent could possible go through in the course of one day. Instead of it being one ridiculous/hilarious/disastrous event after another, it ponders all of life's self questions. Sometimes it takes loosing a parent, crashing a car and just being a friend to know who you really are. All this is explored among some truly beautiful cinematography and composition. A joy to watch.
October 15, 2013

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"Lake Tahoe" starts with Juan(Diego Catano) not so much wrapping a car around a telephone pole, as lightly tapping it. While he is unharmed, the car is not. Since this is Sunday, most of the auto repair shops are closed for the day and Don Heber(Hector Herrera) thinks he is trying to rob his place of business. Eventually, Juan does manage to convince the old man of his honest intentions and in return is told what is probably wrong with the car. Now all he needs is a part which turns out to be more elusive and expensive than he had originally imagined...

"Lake Tahoe" is filmed with a stationary camera, usually at a distance from the action, which is a style that usually puts me on edge. However, this time it works well with the deadpan comedy of Juan's odyssey. Even with an extreme tonal shift that occurs halfway through when a vital piece of information is nonchalantly dropped in the viewers' laps, the movie remains a bittersweet look at how we are never alone as we think we are.
September 21, 2010
Walter M.

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I know it probably won't win any Oscars, but this is by far my favorite film of 2009 and my favorite international film of the '00 decade.
December 9, 2009
George Napper

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