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Stranger by the Lake (2013)

L'inconnu du lac (original title)
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.

Director:

Alain Guiraudie

Writer:

Alain Guiraudie
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Deladonchamps ... Franck
Christophe Paou ... Michel
Patrick d'Assumçao ... Henri (as Patrick D'Assumçao)
Jérôme Chappatte Jérôme Chappatte ... Inspecteur Damroder
Mathieu Vervisch Mathieu Vervisch ... Eric
Gilbert Traina Gilbert Traina ... L'homme du mardi soir (as Gilbert Traïna)
Emmanuel Daumas Emmanuel Daumas ... Philippe
Sébastien Badachaoui Sébastien Badachaoui ... Le mari d'Eric
Gilles Guérin ... L'homme à femmes
François-Renaud Labarthe François-Renaud Labarthe ... Pascal Ramière (as François Labarthe)
Claude Bellelle Claude Bellelle ... Un naturiste
Slawomir Cieminski Slawomir Cieminski ... Un naturiste
Jean-Marie Crémier Jean-Marie Crémier ... Un naturiste
Bernard Delavaux Bernard Delavaux ... Un naturiste
Bernard German 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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Best Director, Un Certain Regard at Cannes


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Director Alain Guiraudie based the setting of the film - the lake of the title - on a real lakeside cruising ground he knew, but he did not film at that exact location and chose a different location that was warmer and sunnier. He specifically picked a beach next to a lake as opposed to one next to a sea because with the sea, the horizon is too far and too wide and he wanted to constrain the setting. See more »

Quotes

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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Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2013 (2013) See more »

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An admirable thriller - but extremely explicit
4 August 2013 | by urbanlegend23See all my reviews

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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Official Sites:

Les Films du Losange

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

12 June 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Stranger by the Lake See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,599, 26 January 2014

Gross USA:

$325,196

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,131,241
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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