Nicely crafted films with lots of good ideas in the usage of image and scene direction. This is a film about what is missing that rightly leaves a lot of place to imagination and as such works pretty well ( as in it forces you to imagine). Lacks some kind of coherence to really work, and the disjointed chronology does not help in this.
A very peculiar film about the nostalgia of a childhood, but also a character study that feels intricate and yet aims at a simplicity of mood and atmospheres. A very unusual and unpredictable story, one that deserves further viewings in order to fully appreciate its unique power...
Memory and imagination blur together in this tale of a woman (Malena Moiron) who can't stop fragments of her past encroaching upon her present life. It's a shame that this isn't better, because the familiar central ideas could certainly be used to greater effect, but it's not terrible either.
The image of the girl on the car drew me into this sublime film, its story partially told through the faded photos and fuzzy 8mm home movies of youth which those of us of a certain age will be so familiar, and the solitary photo of Inès with her missing father, whose disappearance/death is never fully explained. Great performances and beautiful cinematography create a dreamlike exploration of loss and new beginnings.
La idea de un lago feels like a deeply personal film about family communication. It plays out quietly with moments of astounding beauty and playful absurdity. Perhaps it's greatest strength is how it successfully negotiates the passage of time with an assured yet nuanced narrative voice. It did still leave me a little underinvested in the mystery however but in the end it doesn't seem to matter. 3 stars
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.
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.
(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.
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.
esta es una película muy delicata. el cuento íntimo de Inès - un trabajo profundo entre la memoria y el sueño - de una hija que está a punto de ser madre, buscando en el recuerdo a su padre desaparecido. me ha gustado mucho la cinematografía y la construcción de la línea narrativa. [pero me disculpo por el mi pésimo español, no puedo articular más en esta lengua lo que yo pienso]
An absorbing film but for this viewer a case of missed clues affecting the overall experience by taking the scenes of family holidays literally rather than as the distorted memory of the female lead. Post film reading revealed the influence of Argentina's brutal political history on this presumed autobiography for the director. Stunning scenery augments the sad story at the heart of this thoughtful film.
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.
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.