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Lake Tahoe2008

  • 4.0
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.

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Winner of "Best Film" ("Mejor Película") at the 2009 Cartagena Film Festival.


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At first I found myself wondering if something was wrong with the computer. Why the black screen - no sound, no titles. Then as each time the scene reopened and Juan would walk by on what looked like a trip to nowhere, I started to laugh. Slowly I was drawn in to this story of a quiet boy drifting from one person to the next in his mundane quest to repair his car. Something about Juan is gentle, something melancholy. He finds ways to help the people he encounters along the way, and yet seemingly can't help his brother and mother. And then eventually the source of the melancholy becomes known and we realize the depths of the boy's pain as well as his strength.

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At first I found myself wondering if something was wrong with the computer. Why the black screen - no sound, no titles. Then as each time the scene reopened and Juan would walk by on what looked like a trip to nowhere, I started to laugh. Slowly I was drawn in to this story of a quiet boy drifting from one person to the next in his mundane quest to repair his car. Something about Juan is gentle, something melancholy. He finds ways to help the people he encounters along the way, and yet seemingly can't help his brother and mother. And then eventually the source of the melancholy becomes known and we realize the depths of the boy's pain as well as his strength.

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I feel that the movie shows everyone has company but they all needs someone for help.. Juan needed a help to fix his car. The old man has a dog but he need someone to walk his dog. The girl has a baby but she needed someone to babysit him when she wanted to go out. The mechanic has his hobby for martial art and movie but he needed a companion to enjoy with. When Juan got help for his car, he indeed helped everyone who he met to get his help. He walked old man's dog and lost the dog and actually found a new home for the dog and released old man from his responsibility and worrisome about his beloved dog. Juan also did babysit and actually kept the girl company. He also accompanied the mechanic to watch the movie. When he came back home, he took care of his brother. This movie shows very subtle but interesting aspects of simple life through various people and their situation.

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Proud of that hidden jewels of the cinema of my country.

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introspective movie... watch to contemplate life... not to be entertained..!

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i love it_ a totally beautiful wonderful film_all of the actors are great_love the story _the cinematography is wonderful_so is the pace & timing_you feel everything _every moment

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What a wonderful film to sit and simply gaze at. And then, ever so quietly, it slaps you in the back of the head and you realize the purpose of all you've seen up to that moment. An ever so subtle sensory adventure, masterful in its pacing, careful, precise, and artfully calculated cinematography. 5 well deserved stars.

This film has a great story about Juan and how he finds help and helps others, great story. Awesome cinematography, well what else can we expect from Mexican cinematography, just amazing.

good movie