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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
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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