Lake Tahoe

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Juan (Diego Cataño) is a Mexican teen on a mission to repair his wrecked car, which was a gift from his father. Attempting to recover from a loss in his family, Juan wanders the streets of his town, encountering various characters, including martial-arts enthusiast and mechanic David (Juan Carlos Lara II) and Don Heber (Héctor Herrera), an elderly auto-shop owner. Slowly, the determined Juan gets closer to having his car fixed, but not before spending time with his eccentric new friends.

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Diego Cataño
Juan
Jaime Bernardo Ramos
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Christian Valdelievre
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Alexis Zabe
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Mariana Rodríguez
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Critic Reviews for Lake Tahoe

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (3)

  • 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 | Rating: 3/4
  • With Lake Tahoe, Mexican filmmaker Fernando Eimbcke proves himself adept at turning a blank screen into a work of art.

    July 10, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • So different from the usual fare that it might have arrived from another galaxy.

    July 10, 2009 | Rating: 4.5/5
  • 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 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin B. Lee

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  • Coming down from the Saturday sugar rush of his 2006 comedy Duck Season, Mexican auteur Fernando Eimbcke's lovely, Yucatn-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…
  • It ultimately sags under the weight of its bloated silences and stagnant story line.

    June 11, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lake Tahoe

  • Sep 21, 2010
    "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.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2010
    for a film about a boy trying to get his car fixed it's good, but it's a film about a boy trying to get his car fixed...
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2009
    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.
    George N Super Reviewer

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