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L'inconnu du lac (2013)

Not Rated | | 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 ...
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
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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$27,599, 26 January 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$324,891, 4 May 2014
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Cahiers Du Cinema ranked the film as the No. 1 film of 2013. See more »

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Henri: Will you drown him, too, when you're fed up?
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Spoofs Forbidden Games (1952) See more »

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Suspenseful drama unfolds as a moral story about risk taking
28 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

I finally saw 'Stranger by the Lake', streaming it on Netflix. The movie takes a detached look at a gay cruising area situated by an idyllic lake area in France. The film has plenty of nudity and graphic sex and some viewers denigrate the film as porn, I know porn and this is certainly not that. In fact, I found the direct and unapologetic look at the main character's desire and sexuality to be refreshing. I did have two problems with the film. First, the lack of suspense given the circumstances of the film. Second, the one dimensional characters; the hot stud who can't commit, the young twink that confuses sex and desire for love, and the older pathetic man. However, I enjoyed that the film on another level is about risk and inadvertently becomes a moral story showing the viewer that when you are unable to subsume your desire and do the right thing tragedy results.


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