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Stranger by the Lake (2013) More at IMDbPro »L'inconnu du lac (original title)

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Stranger by the Lake -- Frank (Pierre Deladonchamps) spends his summer days hopelessly searching for companionship at a popular cruising spot on the shores of a lake in rural France. One day, he meets Michel (Christophe Paou), an attractive yet darkly mysterious man and falls blindly in love.  When a death occurs, Frank and Michel become the primary suspects but they choose to ignore the dangers and instead continue to engage in their passionate and potentially lethal relationship.  STRANGER BY THE LAKE is an erotic thriller that tests the lengths and limits of sexual desire.
Stranger by the Lake -- Frank spends his summer days at a popular cruising spot on the shores of a lake in rural France. One day, he meets Michel, an attractive yet darkly mysterious man and falls blindly in love.  When a death occurs, Frank and Michel become the primary suspects but they choose to ignore the dangers and instead continue to engage in their passionate and potentially lethal relationship.


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Release Date:
12 June 2013 (France) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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23 wins & 32 nominations See more »
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An admirable thriller - but extremely explicit See more (59 total) »


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Pierre Deladonchamps ... Franck

Christophe Paou ... Michel
Patrick d'Assumçao ... Henri (as Patrick D'Assumçao)
Jérôme Chappatte ... Inspecteur Damroder
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
Jean-Michel Giordano ... Un naturiste
Lucien Lerda ... Un naturiste
Patrick Marconi ... Un naturiste
Serge Morgadinho ... Un naturiste
Eric Piccolotto ... Un naturiste
Corentin Plas ... Un naturiste
Renaud Rifflart ... Un naturiste
Thomas Salles ... Un naturiste
Nicolas Guimbard ... Doublure
Joël Landaraud ... Doublure
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Alain Guiraudie ... L'ami de Philippe (uncredited)

Directed by
Alain Guiraudie 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alain Guiraudie 

Produced by
Serge Hayat .... Equity Provider
Sylvie Pialat .... producer
Olivier Père .... co-producer
Benoît Quainon .... executive producer
Gilles Sitbon .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Claire Mathon 
Film Editing by
Jean-Christophe Hym 
Casting by
Stéphane Batut 
Art Direction by
Roy Genty 
François-Renaud Labarthe  (as François Labarthe)
Laurent Lunetta 
Makeup Department
Pierre Olivier Persin .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Quentin Laurent .... unit manager
Nicolas Leclère .... production manager
Vincent Léonard .... unit production manager
Stéphanie Theuret .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Julie Darfeuil .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Antoine Bailly .... sound: extra
Jeanne Delplancq .... assistant sound editor
Patrick Egreteau .... foley artist
Philippe Grivel .... sound
John Iranzo .... boom operator
Nathalie Vidal .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Mathieu Bertholet .... first assistant camera
Cyril Dobinet .... second assistant camera
Ernesto Giolitti .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Roy Genty .... costumer
François-Renaud Labarthe .... costumer (as François Labarthe)
Editorial Department
Toufik Ayadi .... post-production coordinator
Christophe Bousquet .... colorist
Location Management
Jerome Nunes .... location scout (as Jérôme Nunes)
Other crew
Alejandro Arenas .... production staff
Christophe Barral .... production administrator
Flor Burgos .... production accountant
Agnès Chabot .... press attache
Julie Darfeuil .... script supervisor
Viviane Koupogbe .... production assistant (as Viviane Koupgbé)

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Also Known As:
"L'inconnu du lac" - France (original title)
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100 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Right before the movie was released in French theaters in June 2013, its posters were censored and removed by the conservative mayors of two cities (Saint-Cloud and Versailles) after a few people had complained. It happened in the context of rather harsh demonstrations against the gay marriage law. Complaints were about the gay kiss in the foreground and an ambiguous scene in the background which might represent a fellatio.See more »
Michel:Did you come alone today?
Franck:What do you mean?
Michel:Without your boyfriend?
Franck:What boyfriend?
Michel:The guy you're always with.
Franck:We're not together.
Michel:Really? I thought you were.
Franck:We barely know each other.
Michel:I'm surprised. You seem happy together.
Franck:And what'd you do with yours?
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46 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
An admirable thriller - but extremely explicit, 4 August 2013
Author: Michael Carruthers (urbanlegend23) from Wellington, New Zealand

A very explicit French gay-themed film. Sometimes it felt a bit overly so - including graphic unsimulated scenes of oral sex and even a shot of a man, erm, climaxing. But I kind of admire the movie at the same time for not shying away from showing anything. The characters are intriguing and the film is beautifully photographed in long, uninterrupted takes and panning shots of the lake setting. The setting itself is one of the best things about the movie. Everything takes place either on the lake or shore surrounding it, in the forest behind the lake, or a car park. You become so accustomed to these settings that everything else outside them seems meaningless - for instance we never see what the main character does for a living, or the supposed 'happy hour' drinks many of the cruising characters in this film attend after a day on the lake. None of that would've been necessary because the film is all about the character's interactions with one another on the beach, anything else would've felt out-of-place. It's a brilliant choice on the part of the director and has an interesting, hard-to-describe effect on the viewer. The film also has a healthy dose of humor (the police inspector is hilarious) and several very intense scenes, especially towards the ending. Recommended, but not for the squeamish or conservative!

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