Lake Tahoe
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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 course of this one day could profoundly affect him for the rest of his life.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Kevin Lee, Time Out New York
"[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."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Filmwell
"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."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"If a dramatic action occurs in Lake Tahoe, a new film from Mexican director Fernando Eimbcke, you probably won't see it."
‑ David Berke, New York Press
"With Lake Tahoe, Mexican filmmaker Fernando Eimbcke proves himself adept at turning a blank screen into a work of art."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"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."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"[Lake Tahoe is] a small, calm movie that will take you into another world..."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"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."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"A simply complex, intelligent and quietly absorbing drama with just the right blend of humor, tenderness and cinéma vérité realism."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"So different from the usual fare that it might have arrived from another galaxy."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"It ultimately sags under the weight of its bloated silences and stagnant story line."
‑ Laura Bennett, Boston Globe
"Eimbcke's Jarmusch-ian comedy is laced with something stronger."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"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."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Could be quirky enough to ensnare devotees of indie film."
‑ Richard Mowe, Boxoffice Magazine
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