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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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Storyline

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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For the hard core material, Alain Guiraudie wanted to film penetration shots too, but the body doubles employed wouldn't film them without condoms and in the film, Frank and Michel penetrate each other without condoms, so Alain Guiraudie dropped those shots. 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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3 February 2014 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

it could have different verdicts. it could impress for the obsessive image of parking space, for dialog, for light between branches, for sex scenes, for lake or dialogs. in essence, it is a movie about deep solitude. and the art of director,the great acting, the force of image are ingredients of a sort of masterpiece. sure, it can surprise or scandalize. but not this is the purpose. the heart represents the search of sense. the need of the other and the best illustration is the character of Henri. a film about escape from yourself. eroticism is only a tool. like the summer . but if you dig , you discovers the beauty of sad, cruel manifesto . a film who must see it. it is not an easy exercise but can useful. because it is a special film. in fact, a necessary analysis.


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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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