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Genre Drama
Running Time 85 min
MPAA rating Unrated
Release Date Jul 10, 2009
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Lake Tahoe

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… Show more

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June 10, 2009 - Boston.com - Laura Bennett, Globe Correspondent

"Lake Tahoe" opens with the throaty revving of a car engine. Lanky teen Juan (Diego Cataño) has crashed the family Nissan into a pole, just the first in a series of woeful inconveniences that plague him as he wrestles with far weightier troubles at home. This low-budget Mexican film from director Fernando Eimbcke, whose debut was the well-received "Duck Season," is a graceful and touching portrait of loneliness and loss. But in the end, the sparse dialogue and lengthy scenes make the film feel as leaden and listless as Juan's sputtering engine.

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