The problem with Ott's work is that nothing here is of value, from the desolate town to its actors who seem stuck in the most boring place ever conceived. All they literally do in Lake Los Angeles is walk around and look sad and desperate. I'm not kidding: a large chunk of of this film features Cecilia and Francisco staring at food, or her snowglobe, or a dog. It's all meant to be artistic, but Trujillo's blank stares are simply not enough to carry entire scenes by herself. Ott never introduces conflict - or a point really - to the film, leaving our characters with nothing to do but..you guessed it...stare.
At only 85 minutes, Lake moves at such a slow pace that one hopes something meaningful would occur. Instead, Cecilia is walking again, or staring, or stealing food until her life becomes so desperate that she somehow quickly finds Francisco's house, a plot point that heretofore was as hard for her to accomplish as me launching a rocket into space. When that moment suddenly arrives, the two - yes, it's coming - stare at one another. This promise of a fresh start should have been the plot all along. Their coming together and bonding would have made for far better drama than what we got.
Lake Los Angeles sounds like a pretty awful place to live, the kind of world where one can never truly escape. The problem is, it seems like a very boring to place to be as well. Like those armpit rest stops along the way to your destination, this one's utterly unworthy of your time.
Lake Los Angeles is Unrated and has a runtime of 85 minutes.
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