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  • Actors: Patrick d'Assumçao, Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou
  • Directors: Alain Guiraudie
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 26 May 2014
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HFTU0CW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,625 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Summer time. A cruising spot for gay men seeking nameless sexual encounters, is tucked away on the shores of a picturesque secluded lake in rural France. Franck is an attractive young male who falls in love with Michel, a striking, extremely potent but lethally dangerous man. Franck has witnessed this first hand, but his desire for Michel knows no bounds, this is a relationship he must have at any cost. STRANGER BY THE LAKE is a tense thriller set against the secluded back drop of, what becomes inevitably, the most dangerous lake in France.

A provocative and accomplished effort by one of France's most overlooked auteurs, STRANGER BY THE LAKE is Alain Guiraudie's steamy mix of the comic and the tragic, winning Best Director for Un Certain Regard in addition to the Queer Palm at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Extras
Alternative Ending
3 Deleted Scenes
Short Films by Alain Guiraudie
- Les Heros
- Tout Driot
Interview with Director
Interview with Cast
Making The Poster
Cannes Film Festival Special
- BFI London Film Festival Gala Q&A

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars

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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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 Feb. 2014
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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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27 of 31 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By barbicandy on 17 Aug. 2014
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Engrossing and sexually graphic but ultimately dissapointing account of murder on a gay open air cruising grounds. Plays to some old stereotypes of the addictive, self-destructive and self-hating homosexual.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By xenrin on 2 Aug. 2014
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Not much going for this film at all. Very dull and plodding. To call it a drama is stretching credibility to breaking point. Total Twaddle!!
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Interesting project and some nice ideas, alas in the end a bit of the old "usual clichés" helped out which was a pity.
Nice slow pace, nice location and some cute eye candy as well as the obligatory sex scenes (actually not bad) but finally lost its way as it didn't know what it wanted to be, gay film, love story or thriller - think it ticks a few boxes for titillation but at the end of the day "Cruising" and "The Detective" and grittier and more satisfying
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 Jun. 2014
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Great Story and loved the twist at the end. Very atmospheric. Cinematography lovely. Cast very good and very easy to identify with.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HotVsNot 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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