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Stranger by the Lake (2013)
"L'inconnu du lac" (original title)

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Summertime. A cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake. Franck falls in love with Michel. An attractive, potent and lethally dangerous man. Franck knows this, but wants to live out his passion anyway.

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Mathieu Vervisch ...
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Gilbert Traina ...
L'homme du mardi soir (as Gilbert Traïna)
Emmanuel Daumas ...
Philippe
Sébastien Badachaoui ...
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Gilles Guérin ...
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François-Renaud Labarthe ...
Pascal Ramière (as François Labarthe)
Claude Bellelle ...
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Slawomir Cieminski ...
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Jean-Marie Crémier ...
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Bernard Delavaux ...
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Bernard German ...
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Summertime. A cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake. Franck falls in love with Michel. An attractive, potent and lethally dangerous man. Franck knows this, but wants to live out his passion anyway.

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$27,599 (USA) (24 January 2014)

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$324,891 (USA) (2 May 2014)
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The finished film features only two hard core shots. The film initially had many more hard core shots but director Alain Guiraudie decided during editing that he did not want the film to become about that and the sex to become ostentatious. So he limited the hardcore shots to only two in the finished film. See more »

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Suspenseful drama unfolds as a moral story about risk taking
28 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I finally saw 'Stranger by the Lake', streaming it on Netflix. The movie takes a detached look at a gay cruising area situated by an idyllic lake area in France. The film has plenty of nudity and graphic sex and some viewers denigrate the film as porn, I know porn and this is certainly not that. In fact, I found the direct and unapologetic look at the main character's desire and sexuality to be refreshing. I did have two problems with the film. First, the lack of suspense given the circumstances of the film. Second, the one dimensional characters; the hot stud who can't commit, the young twink that confuses sex and desire for love, and the older pathetic man. However, I enjoyed that the film on another level is about risk and inadvertently becomes a moral story showing the viewer that when you are unable to subsume your desire and do the right thing tragedy results.


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