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FIPRESCI Prize & Alfred Bauer Award Berlin Intl Film Fest
"Original in concept, directed in a superbly precise manner, funny and simultaneously terribly sad" -FIPRESCI
"A slow, ethereal piece of filmmaking, Lake Tahoe uses cinematic means – its expansive 35mm frame and frequent cuts to black – to convey a pervasive sense of loss and absence" -Filmmaker Magazine
"[A] droll charmer" -New York Post
Critics' Pick! "Gorgeous, deceptively tranquil" -New York Times
"Nearly every shot is a joy to behold" -TimeOut NY
"Eimbcke's droll rhythms are reminiscent of early Jim Jarmusch and Aki Kaurismäki" -Village Voice
Recommended! -NewCity Chicago
It is a quiet morning in a small seaside town on Mexico's Yucatán peninsula, and teenager Juan (Diego Cataño) has just driven his family's tomato-red Toyota into a light pole on an empty street. As he sets off on foot to seek help, the immobilized car becomes a vehicle for delivering Juan into the hands of a cast of local characters and their small but significant routines. His interactions with a paranoid old mechanic devoted to his almost-human pet dog, a young mother with dreams of punk rock stardom and a teenage mechanic obsessed with kung fu glow with a droll observational humor reminiscent of director Fernando Eimbcke's much-lauded first feature, Duck Season. As Juan is drawn into their lives and more about a loss at the center of his family is revealed, this film's emotional undercurrent deepens considerably. Cinematographer Alexis Zabé's minimal camera setups and eloquently held shots create a rich field for exploring the characters' interior states, which explore the concepts of escape, hope and connection. Lake Tahoe combines the powers of observance and understatement, and presents an emotional tale of a young man on a journey that will change his life forever.
Directed by Fernando Eimbcke, Mexico, 2008, 35mm, 81 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles.