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Stranger by the Lake

(L'inconnu du lac)

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Alain Guiraudie
Country of origin and year
France 2013
100 minutes
Rated 18 - Contains strong real sex
Cast: Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou, Patrick d'Assumçao, Jérôme Chappatte, Mathieu Vervisch.

French with English subtitles

A brilliantly observed, sharply insightful and refreshingly frank meditation on sex and desire. In a secluded cruising spot tucked away on a picturesque lake, Franck notices the muscular Michel and quickly falls for him. Franck’s desire continues to grow even as he witnesses Michel commit a terrible, violent act. Aware of the potential danger, possibly even excited by it, Franck ignores the advice of his wary friend Henri and indulges his passion. "The tired old trope 'erotic thriller' does no justice to how confrontationally and explicitly sexual this movie is – nor how thrilling, nor how menacing and complex." - The Guardian


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