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L'inconnu du lac (2013)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance, Thriller | 12 June 2013 (France)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick d'Assumçao ...
Henri (as Patrick D'Assumçao)
Jérôme Chappatte ...
Mathieu Vervisch ...
Gilbert Traina ...
L'homme du mardi soir (as Gilbert Traïna)
Emmanuel Daumas ...
Sébastien Badachaoui ...
Le mari d'Eric
Gilles Guérin ...
L'homme à femmes
François-Renaud Labarthe ...
Pascal Ramière (as François Labarthe)
Claude Bellelle ...
Un naturiste
Slawomir Cieminski ...
Un naturiste
Jean-Marie Crémier ...
Un naturiste
Bernard Delavaux ...
Un naturiste
Bernard German ...
Un naturiste


Franck, a fit gay man, seeks love at a lakeside gay cruising beach. Among the mostly pudgy nude sunbathers, he befriends Henri, a depressed middle-aged bi-sexual who enjoys the quiet but accepts Franck's company. When Michel appears, Franck finally spots a man he'd like to know sexually. Unfortunately, he also spots him drowning his gay lover but opts not to tell anyone in order to consider having a relationship with this handsome yet remorseless killer. Written by statmanjeff

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Release Date:

12 June 2013 (France)  »

Also Known As:

El desconocido del lago  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$324,891 (USA) (2 May 2014)

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2.35 : 1
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Alain Guiraudie briefly flirted with casting porn actors in the two lead roles of Frank and Michel but he did not like their acting, so he cast professional actors instead. See more »


Franck: [smitten by Michel] I really like him.
Henri: [warily] He does have a nice body.
Franck: It's typical. The guys I like are always taken.
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Spoofs Forbidden Games (1952) See more »

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Not for the faint of heart, but ultimately rewarding for demanding moviegoers
20 June 2013 | by (France) – See all my reviews

There are some thriller tropes here and there, a tiny bit of suspense, but at its core, it's mostly a chronicle, we follow, for a few day, a handful of men cruising by a lac. Some will be taken aback by the highly graphical nature of the movie, but I deeply believe that the point here isn't shock value, but simply the desire to shoot that peculiar microcosm completely untethered, and that, Giraudie (the writer- director) certainly does in spades! Idiots will talked about porn, but this clearly isn't masturbation material, it truly is masterful and heartfelt filmmaking, art in the true sense of the word, but with a lot of fellatio and hand jobs between men! It should speak to all of us, because at its core is the fear of absolute loneliness, even amongst one's kin, and the character of Henri in that respect is quite fascinating. Basically the man is a clam, his mind seems unfathomable, is he looking for a friend, is he looking for a lover? What does he truly want from the protagonist Franck? Who knows? So, to sum it up, don't take your parents to see this film, trust me, but go, you'll thank me later!

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