Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Lake Tahoe

This movie has nothing to do with a big lake on the California-Nevada border.  OK, very little to do with it.  It's there as a symbol of longing, or some such drivel.  Oh, that sounds too harsh.  I sort of liked this movie for the experience of it.  It's a simple story: a young man has a minor wreck, and needs a part to repair his car.  He wanders around town trying to find a part, has amusing encounters with a variety of characters, and, well that's about it.  There is very little story, it moves slowly, and has sparse dialogue.
The only thing that really sets this movie apart is the style in which it was filmed.  As I was watching, I thought, every shot looks like a carefully framed photograph.  Then it struck me: the camera never moves!  In each shot, the camera is stationary.  Characters, if they move at all, move within the frame, but the camera never follows them.  It adds a huge level of interest to an uninteresting movie, like that novel that was written without the letter e. 
As a movie, Lake Tahoe doesn't have much to offer, but as an experiment in film, or as a work of art, it's sort of interesting.

Bottom line, 2 1/2 stars.

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