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Stranger by the Lake (2013)

L'inconnu du lac (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, 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

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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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Also Known As:

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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The film was a very small production. The crew was only 20 member strong most of the time. See more »

Quotes

Henri: Are you married?
Franck: No.
Henri: But you live with a woman?
Franck: No, I'm gay.
Henri: You only sleep with men?
Franck: [smiles] Can we speak frankly?
Henri: It's unusual.
Franck: What is?
Henri: Guys who sleep together, sure, but they've got a wife or girlfriend. Guys who are gay - I mean, really gay - are pretty rare.
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Amazing piece of filmmaking!
25 October 2013 | by (Montreal, Quebec) – See all my reviews

Not much to add to the other comments made here, but I'll say that this film was pretty fantastic! It offers a keen inside view of the gay community living and cruising around the lake of the title. All the characters are dead on: the cute guy, the old queens, the pervert etc. with no judgment whatsoever. The pacing can seem long to some, but I quite enjoyed the repetitive installation shots. It mirrored the compulsive visits to the lake the hero makes, in hopes of finding love, even if he himself knows it's a futile quest.

"L'inconnu du lac" screened at the FNC (Festival du Nouveau Cinema) a few weeks ago, where I saw "Interior. Leather Bar." (the James Franco and Travis Mathews doc). I couldn't help but see a connection with some of the stuff Franco discussed. Our objections to porn and graphic sex are mostly constructed by society rather than rooted in any inherently moral reasons. The sex scenes in "L'inconnu du lac" are very graphic but never gratuitous. They expose the mal de vivre of the gay men who visit this beautiful lake better than words could.


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