Stranger by the Lake (L’Inconnu du lac)
Dir. Alain Guiraudie. 2013, 97 mins. DCP. With Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou, Patrick d’Assumçao. An idyllic lakeside beach is the inconspicuous setting for this unsettling and boldly explicit exploration of the link between sex and death. The backdrop for a popular gay cruising spot, it is where Franck (Deladonchamps) walks into danger when he pursues a fling with the alluring Michel (Paou), a mysterious stranger with a deadly secret. A masterfully taut, unabashedly sexy exercise in mounting dread, Alain Guiraudie’s breakout film is an elegant erotic thriller worthy of Hitchcock.
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