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Lake Tahoe

A teenager (Diego Catano) crashes his car on a deserted Mexican road, then begins a lengthy quest for a repair shop in what feels like a ghost town. Early into this quirky 2008 drama I wondered whether the boy himself was a spirit, roaming through an afterlife plagued by incompetents and punctuated by blackouts. But as he encounters more people he gradually emerges from a numbness stemming from a deeper trauma than his accident. Director Fernando Eimbcke (Duck Season) and cinematographer Alexis Zabe (Silent Light) use long shots to make the wide-screen frame occasionally function as a proscenium, highlighting not only the protagonist's isolation, but also the goofiness of a kung fu-crazy grease monkey and an irrepressible canine. In Spanish with subtitles. 82 min.

Credits

Director:

  • Fernando Eimbcke

Cast:

  • Diego Cataño
  • Hector Herrera
  • Daniela Valentine
  • Juan Carlos Lara II
  • Yemil Sefani
  • Olda López
  • Mariana Elizondo
  • Joshua Habid
  • Raquel Araujo
  • Enrique Albor

Writers:

  • Fernando Eimbcke
  • Paula Markovitch

Producer:

  • Christian Valdelièvre

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