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Product details

  • Actors: Patrick d'Assumçao, Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou
  • Directors: Alain Guiraudie
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 26 May 2014
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HW4O1VG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,426 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

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 France's bad boy auteur, 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

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By schumann_bg TOP 50 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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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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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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Nicely acted and directed. Interesting use of the car park to denote time passing. Plenty of tasteful man on man action in the bushes. Shows how easily we could be ruled by our emotions overriding common sense as Franck throws caution to the wind in accepting a sexual relationship with a murderer. It is implied that the murder was committed so that the murderer could be free to gain the love of Franck. A very mysterious ending, not really satisfactory, I wanted a resolution.
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Ah, sweet revenge! This movie is payback to every gay man who ever had to sit (and who hasn't?) through 20 minutes of graphic straight sex for every 2 minutes of chaste gay sex in an American movie. There's not a heaving breast anywhere!

It's an all-male cast, and they're nearly always naked - REALLY naked, not the coy, fig-leaf male nakedness 99% of American movies (even the gay movies) dole out as if it were toxic (in contrast to female nakedness, which they shove in our faces all day long). The only problem here is the shaved pubic hair, which is a HUGE turn-off.

I thought the creepy, shaved-pubes look was restricted to gay-for-pay porn stars and West Hollywood gym bunnies, so it makes me really sad to see it even in rural France where this movie is set. The creepy hairless epidemic must be sweeping the whole civilized world. They say circumcision is a crime and then they shave off the pubes! It's crazy.

ANYWAY, there's lots of dick, and lots of sex in this movie, and it's not always simulated. Some will call this porn, but it's not. Some will call it a thriller, but anybody expecting white knuckles will be badly disappointed.

There's a murderer, but there are no big shocks, no frantic chases, nothing out of Hollywood's bag of stock thriller tricks. The movie is as languid and easy as the warm summer days it depicts (but sometimes it does get a little scary in the woods after dark!)

There are no sets, no special effects, and not one note of music. The whole movie takes place outdoors, in and around a beautiful man-made lake (lac de Sainte-Croix) in the foothills of the Alps, on a remote beach where gay guys go to swim, sun their shaved pubes and cruise the wildlife.
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