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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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Patrick d'Assumçao ...
Henri (as Patrick D'Assumçao)
Jérôme Chappatte ...
Mathieu Vervisch ...
Eric
Gilbert Traina ...
L'homme du mardi soir (as Gilbert Traïna)
Emmanuel Daumas ...
Philippe
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
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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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El desconocido del lago  »

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

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$324,891 (USA) (2 May 2014)
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There were no hair-dressers or make-up artists on the film's crew and none were employed for the film. See more »

Quotes

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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A rather flimsy film beautifully shot
22 February 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I can't understand why Stranger by the Lake has received such praise. There is no doubt that it is a visual and aural treat but the central premise is rather flimsy. While the tension gathers pace somewhat towards the end it is little reward for what to that point labours the point about the shallow nature of the cruising scene and provides the viewer with little substance to really care about the victim, the protagonist, the murderer or the frequenters of the lake. The introduction of the inspector brings with it an alternative (or mainstream) moral entity but again the point about a fish out of water is hammered home with almost comic force and it's really rather difficult to take his pronouncements seriously. The lack of human subtlety in Stranger by the Lake is made up in part by the subtlety of nature. Go see it for its aesthetics, that's if you can ignore the insubstantial plot and characterisation.


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