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15. Stranger by the Lake
Directed by Alain Guiraudie
Written by Alain Guiraudie
Though Stranger by the Lake premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival (and appeared on Sound On Sight’s best of 2013 list), it finally reached North American audiences in January of this year. Alain Guiraudie’s stunning noir-tinged thriller is set entirely against the backdrop of a secluded lake–known to locals as a popular gay cruising spot. A tale of murder complicated by intense sexual obsession (garnering equal parts praise and criticism for its frank depiction of unsimulated gay sex) it accomplishes the rare feat of subtly guiding the way we pay attention to details as we watch. The film’s deceptively simple geography is mapped out as much aurally (and orally) as visually. By the time of the pulse-pounding climax, Guiraudie has masterfully taken hold of all of our senses in an ever-tightening claustrophobic grip. »
Review Ryan Lambie 25 Apr 2014 - 06:25
The traditional American revenge thriller is brilliantly subverted in Blue Ruin. Ryan explains why it's a movie worth seeking out...
Thrillers more commonly deal with the fantasy of revenge rather than the reality. Protagonists like Death Wish’s Paul Kersey or Man On Fire’s John Creasey are steely-eyed men of resolve. They break out their guns and set off on missions of righteous justice, and seldom flinch when it comes to pulling the trigger.
There’s the palpable sense that Dwight, the central character in Blue Ruin, has seen quite a few of those movies, and maybe caught a showing of the Coen brothers’ adaptation of No Country For Old Men on late night TV. He’s a man on a revenge mission, just as we’ve seen countless times before, but he isn't exactly unwavering in his resolve, or even particularly adept at handling a firearm. »
2 items from 2014
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