THE LAKE

By Aitor AGUIRRE

ATZUCAC - as PROD

Crime - Development 2017

Josef spends hours looking at the lake village, while people judge and punish their apparent passivity. 20 years ago her daughter disappeared but no one is looking for her today, and it seems that the lake has swallowed up. Lakes not swallow people but monsters do, and man can be a monster.

    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Crime, First film, Drama
    • Countries
    • SPAIN, GERMANY
    • Languages
    • GERMAN
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Aitor AGUIRRE
    • Writer(s)
    • Aitor AGUIRRE
    • Producer(s)
    • Guillermo CARRERAS-CANDI (ATZUCAC)
    • Synopsis
    • A middle class family lives in the countryside, affected by the disappearance of their oldest daughter, Laura, 20 years ago. Their hope of finding her has vanished and the father of the family, Josef, tries to repress the guilt, the fear and the suffering of the family with an unusual coldness and indifference, causing much inconvenience to the villagers. Josef, who is aware of these prejudices, remains integrated into the community with some distance but he talks to the villagers without avoiding them.
      While shopping at the supermarket, Josef exposes himself in front of the people, but he remains impassive in front of the people who judge him. Buying tools at the hardware store tests Josef’s patience in front of impertinences and comments that fit to his personality. Maria, his wife, with whom has not talked with for several years, seems to waste away with no resistance and he refuges in the most unutterable and solitaire sex, which is bleeding and painful, but there is nothing else to relieve the ghosts of the guilt. The relationship with their daughters is the sickest part of the tragedy. The characters live in a situation that will impact on all the members of the family. The community does not seem willing to help them and the components of the family, abandoned even by themselves, are disintegrating. The daughters learn how to deal with problems in the same way as they parents do, and in the school they feel the consequences.
      In this family portrait, Josef stands out. He is the real main character of this story. He is a hero for a few and a monster for many. Looking Josef in the eyes makes you distrust him, talking with him in the bakery queue gives you chills and when he arrives home and goes down to the basement to relax, it is inevitable to feel curious about what he is doing. Maria or Josef, hide in rooms where, sometimes, they are themselves. They also hide from the viewer, but they leave some signs, so it is necessary to pay attention in order to understand what they hide and why.
      The suspicious makes that, gradually, each of the sequences that compose this portrait provide a clearer and terrifying image. The monster looks at the viewer’s eyes and let him to go deep inside until he loses him in the complete darkness.
      The routine of these characters is uncomfortable, elusive and constant. We see it in a patient way so that we can capture the first signs of a more dehumanized violence. “The Lake” reveals this violence and places it in front of the viewer. That would not leave anyone indifferent and it will make you feel the desolation given by seeing that the normality is just an appearance under which anyone can hide.
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