Stranger By the Lake 2013

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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.

Starring:
Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 40 minutes
Starring Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou, Patrick D'AssumÁAo
Director Alain Guiraudie
Genres Drama
Studio Fusion Media Sales
Rental release 26 May 2014
Main languages French
Subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 40 minutes
Starring Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou, Patrick D'AssumÁAo
Director Alain Guiraudie
Genres Drama
Studio Fusion Media Sales
Rental release 26 May 2014
Main languages French
Subtitles English

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 100 REVIEWER on 27 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
Alain Guiraudie's film is a challenging but memorable experience, and bold in more than one sense. There is the graphic sexual content, which seems to push the boundaries of what can be shown in commercial cinema, but more shocking than this is its Genet-like exploration of a character who seems drawn to danger and gets caught up with someone to whom he feels a very strong attraction to in spite of the very real risk this represents. Commercially, it is also bold in that it has no music from the first frame to the last; in fact there are no opening credits, even. Guiraudie shows the idyllic quality of the lakeside setting in hot weather, with the light varying at different times and acting as a clock in the film; in fact it is the viewer who becomes a sort of sundial - which is quite important in the thriller-like context that is set up. This beauty is set against the world of gay cruising and the electric current of desire, which different characters deal with in different ways - it is like a microcosm of life but shot through this narrow prism, as we never leave the lakeside or surrounding woods, nor are there any female characters. Aside from the main character, Franck, and the object of his obsession, Michel, there is a third main character, Henri, who seems to stand aside from it all, enigmatic, kindly (you sense), and hard to fathom. It is he who gives the film its most memorable aspect, perhaps. Above all, it is a highly interesting piece of filmmaking, very original (although Guiraudie has mined a similar theme in his other film Ce Vieux Reve Qui Bouge, 2001). It is a bit like Chabrol's Le Boucher in its rural setting, theme of a serial killer and slow pacing, crossed perhaps with Cruising, set in a concrete world that is poles apart.Read more ›
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
When I first saw this movie in the cinema I believed it would be dramatically cut in the DVD version due to the graphic adult content, and consequently would suffer the same fate as many other excellent foreign films by having its' story obliterated by the UK censors, but I was surprised to discover that the disc version is absolutely faithful to the original cinema presentation, so full marks for the enlightened response to this excellent French thriller by the BBFC.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AdamS on 5 July 2014
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This film takes us away from the familiar formula gay move to something that is refreshingly different. Alain Guiraudie makes a cinematic masterpiece with a lot of long wide angle shots of the lake and the men surrounding it. The all male cast, together with a total absence of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco products makes this a very unusual film indeed. There is a lot of nudity and sex, as you would expect for the location, which is basically a gay cruising nude beach on a lake in France, but it all beautifully done! (Some of the real sex close-ups were done with doubles) In short, I like this movie and recommend it because it goes to a whole new level of gay film making.

Don't miss the alternative ending in "Special Features"
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Raymond89 on 22 Feb 2014
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This film explores the varying intensity of relationships between men who meet up at the lake in Southern France. It is a a quiet spot, a beautiful sunny location and no more than about a dozen men sit far apart on the stoney beach. The entire movie is shot on this lake shore. The nakedness is total and close up but necessary to display the stark reality of these locations which occur throughout the world yet seen by few. Nothing coy here.
The men glance at each other especially when a new one arrives from the car park nearby. Quiet signals of interest (or not) are exchanged and those who want a quick fix walk casually into the nearby wood followed by the camera quite often to engage in physical intimacies.
There are essentially about 5 characters in the film - a young gay man (Franck) in search of lots of sex but much more, another man (Michel) in search of sex at all costs ( and I mean ALL), a straight divorcee (Henri) who spends his days yearning for an escape from his loneliness without being physical about the form the escape takes, there is a young guy (Pachal) who pays the ultimate price for his jealousy and there is a police inspector who is there seeking hopelessly to unravel the mess which slowly unfolds as the story reaches its climax.
Lots of graphic close up gay sex- these parts were performed by doubles. The ending is thrilling - of Hitchcockian dimension. The final battle occurs in the young man (Franck's) mind between intense desire to find Michel again and the risk of death itself in a darkened forest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Probert-briggs on 29 Jun 2014
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An unexpected runaway hit in France , this modern thriller is so simple in it's execution and yet so effective . Basically shot in one setting and no "big stars" this thriller really delivers the goods and gets under your skin . Great ending as well . Much has been written about the explicit sex but within the context of the story I think it was totally necessary and if it had been heterosexual sex scenes no one would have commented - it's an adult film for an adult audience . Highly recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mt b r thompson on 8 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
This is an amzing film. So good to look at and the lake and the scenery is wonderful. Its a slow burner with a slight thriller storyline. Its originality is fantastic and it will be great to see what this director will do next.
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