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246 Ratings

The Idea of a Lake

La idea de un lago

Directed by Milagros Mumenthaler
Argentina, 2016


35-year old Inès is a photographer. She is in an emotionally fragile phase and begins putting together a book of personal poems and photographs. Gradually, the process of bringing a book to fruition becomes a very personal and unfettered exploration of her past.

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The Idea of a Lake Directed by Milagros Mumenthaler

Awards & Festivals

Locarno International Film Festival


International Film Festival Rotterdam


San Sebastián International Film Festival


IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival


What are people saying?

  • daniel's rating of the film The Idea of a Lake

    A film that makes you consider your life perspective, The Idea of a Lake follows the main character through the filling of inner voids as she seeks closure in the case of her missing father. The movie illustrates how perspective can alter memory, and the fluidity of life over a long, continuous timeline.

  • saitosouta's rating of the film The Idea of a Lake

    Sometimes I can't help but think like “I witness a miracle called film.” Although really rare, certainly there are such precious moments in my entire life. I'm indescribably impressed in that delight way with this vividly mysterious, highly personal, beautiful yet hurt-inside film about delicately multi-layered memory & complicated nostalgia. I'm with tears in my eyes all the time during watching this.

  • José Neves's rating of the film The Idea of a Lake

    Digital. I can't help but think that most of this recent Argentine films hang too much in characters and dramatic situations neglecting the filmic writing, being, with exceptions, banal stories of cosmopolitan angst. This one as mainly a cinematographic and natural landscapes value (the lake, which is not an idea) - see the scene of the children in the woods at night, with a displaced exhibitionist use of light.

  • Loz Loory's rating of the film The Idea of a Lake

    Lovely film with gentle pacing. Great pas de deux scene with car & girl on lake. Mother prefers to live in hopeful denial of her husband's death. Daughter prefers to live without her baby's father, afraid of loving him for fear he'll disappear too. Sweet, supportive relationship between daughter & son. Nighttime hide-and-seek game with searching flashlights is excellent metaphor for country's reign of terror.

  • Scott Dubin's rating of the film The Idea of a Lake

    Beautiful cinematography and I like the imagery of the girl swimming with the car. The picture of the girl with the car is what made me watch the movie and the gorgeous locale was great. It's interesting how the movie touches on family tragedy and death from a sideways direction- with the characters mainly functioning as adults and having a pleasant present day life and pleasant memories of the past.

  • between7skies's rating of the film The Idea of a Lake

    The contemplative rythm, acting, and cinematography all work in sync to create a profoundly moving and meditative exploration of deep open wounds that have no closure.

  • Funda Can Çuvalcı's rating of the film The Idea of a Lake

    Film about reviving the memories of old days through an artwork (a photography book) through the eyes of an adult woman who had lost her father when she was just a little kid. The cinematography and acting were good. However, I think, the mystery behind the loss of the father needs to be unraveled a little bit more to appreciate the sadness of the children and the mother more deeply.

  • Slappy McGee's rating of the film The Idea of a Lake

    (2.5 stars) Slow and meditative character story. Not necessarily a strong narrative as it goes nowhere and only mystery remains. But effective acting and amazing visuals. This does feel more like an experimental character study than anything else. Time jumps around and it's jarring at first, but eventually you settle into it. Ultimately it is unsatisfying to me as nothing is gained or lost... it just is.

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