Lake Tahoe (2008)



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Teenage Juan crashes his family's car into a telegraph pole on the outskirts of town, and then scours the streets searching for someone to help him fix it. His quest will bring him to Don Heber, an old paranoid mechanic whose only companion is Sica, his almost human boxer dog; to Lucía, a young mother who is convinced that her real place in life is as a lead singer in a punk band, and to "The One who Knows", a teenage mechanic obsessed with martial arts and Kung Fu philosophy. The absurd and bewildering worlds of these characters drag Juan into a one day journey in which he will come to accept what he was escaping from in the first place--an event both as natural and inexplicable as a loved one's death.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Yemil Sefami
as Joaquin
Hector Herrera
as Don Heber
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Critic Reviews for Lake Tahoe

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (6)

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
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.

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

July 10, 2009
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.

Full Review… | July 8, 2009
Time Out
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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.

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

Full Review… | June 11, 2009
Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for Lake Tahoe


"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.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Lake Tahoe is interestingly slow paced, occasionally funny and understatedly moving. The film is almost a butterfly effect about loss/grievance and becoming an adult. Theres almost no music and the main character displays little emotion for most of the movie, so when he does its unexpected. I've come to admire the honesty in Mexican and South American cinema.

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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.

George Napper
George Napper

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