Coyote Lake

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Coyote Lake, inspired by the real life Falcon Lake, is a reservoir on the Rio Grande along a dangerous drug smuggling route that has become synonymous with cartel violence and mysterious disappearances. It is there, on the lake, that Teresa and her seventeen-year-old daughter, Ester, run a boarding house where they routinely drug, rob and drown the unsuspecting drug-runners and human traffickers who stay the night. Teresa justifies the killings to her daughter, claiming they are ridding the world of bad people and saving the stolen money to leave Coyote Lake and start anew. But when they are taken hostage themselves by two intruding cartel gangsters, their dark routine is interrupted. Ester begins to develop feelings for one of their captors, Teresa's lies are eventually exposed, and their lives are turned on their heads in an explosive and violent conclusion.


  • Camila Mendes
  • Charlie Weber
  • Adriana Barraza
  • Neil Sandilands
  • Manny Perez
  • Luisina Quarleri
  • Andres Velez
  • Ru Benjamin Revolver
  • Tyler Silva
  • Antonio López-Valero

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Aug 1, 2019

The coming-of-age theme doesn't mesh entirely well with the more lurid elements, and Coyote Lake doesn't quite achieve the narrative tension sufficient to lift it above the story's slow spots. The film is carried along by the strength of Mendes' emotionally complex, restrained performance that makes clear that Ester is as much victim as accomplice.

Metacritic review by Frank Scheck
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
Aug 1, 2019

The setting and the characters are fairly unique. But they’re put to fairly mundane use, in service of a blah coming-of-age tale.

Metacritic review by Noel Murray
Noel Murray
Los Angeles Times
Jul 31, 2019

The exquisitely precise direction by Seligman (making an impressive debut here), the trim editing by Eric F. Martin, the gorgeous nighttime cinematography by Matthias Schubert – all contribute to an eerie otherworldliness in this beautifully executed opening sequence of Coyote Lake. As you witness it, you wonder: Is this a real place in a real time, or some metaphysical state of mind? The movie has barely begun, and you’re utterly intrigued.

Metacritic review by Steve Davis
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle