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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Franck
... 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
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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, 26 January 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$324,891, 4 May 2014
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Alain Guiraudie briefly flirted with casting porn actors in the two lead roles of Frank and Michel but he did not like their acting, so he cast professional actors instead. See more »

Quotes

Franck: [smitten by Michel] I really like him.
Henri: [warily] He does have a nice body.
Franck: It's typical. The guys I like are always taken.
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An admirable thriller - but extremely explicit
4 August 2013 | by See 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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