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Stranger by the Lake (2014)



Critic Consensus: Sexy, smart, and darkly humorous, Stranger by the Lake offers rewarding viewing for adult filmgoers in search of thought-provoking drama.

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Frank (Pierre Deladonchamps) spends his summer days hopelessly searching for companionship at a popular cruising spot on the shores of a lake in rural France. One day, he meets Michel (Christophe Paou), an attractive yet darkly mysterious man and falls blindly in love. When a death occurs, Frank and Michel become the primary suspects but they choose to ignore the dangers and instead continue to engage in their passionate and potentially lethal relationship. STRANGER BY THE LAKE is an erotic thriller that tests the lengths and limits of sexual desire. (c) Strandmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Alain Guiraudie, Julie Darfeuil
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 13, 2014
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Jérôme Chappatte
as Police Inspector
Gilbert Traina
as Tuesday Night Man
Sebastien Badachaoui
as Eric's Boyfriend
Gilles Guérin
as Ladies Man
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Critic Reviews for Stranger by the Lake

All Critics (87) | Top Critics (26)

A stunning minimalist erotic thriller that explores with arresting photography and economical use of dialogue how human identity is defined, and sometimes imprisoned, by our desires, drives, and passions.

Full Review… | March 14, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Carefully and often brilliantly creates its own Eden-like universe.

Full Review… | March 6, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

There's too much metaphysical packaging material in the story; it's half Styrofoam peanuts. But its ideas are intriguing and its murky suspense is undeniable.

Full Review… | March 6, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

What sets the engrossing "Stranger by the Lake" apart is that its excesses seem to point to a moral purpose beyond shock or entertainment value.

Full Review… | March 6, 2014
Washington Post
Top Critic

the stuff of porn flicks and of classical Greek sculpture, and it is to Alain Guiraudie's credit that he evokes the spirit of both as well as a dandy, ahem, Hitchcockian thriller

Full Review… | January 26, 2016
Killer Movie Reviews

While I found the characters interesting, the story was not very compelling and it was slow-moving as well. I learned a lot more about homosexual sex techniques than I wanted to know, and less about the characters than I wanted to know.

Full Review… | February 2, 2015
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Audience Reviews for Stranger by the Lake

Guiraudie deserves praise for the unrestrained way he shows male nudity and explicit sex, treating all of it with the level of openness that is to be expected from this kind of provocative, erotic thriller while building it slowly in a deliberate pace and reaching moments of great suspense.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Excellent direction by Guiraudie outshines even the spot-on performances by Padu and Deladonchamps. An eerie masterpiece of isolation, loneliness and suspense. Undoubtedly one of the best films of 2013-2014. However, be forewarned that the film is extremely sexually graphic (on the level of "Shortbus"), but not gratuitously so. This would be quite an awkward film to watch with children in the room. But for adults, it's exceptional.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

'Stranger by the Lake'. Might have enjoyed it if the ratio of suspense to male genitalia was reversed.

I appreciated the stillness in the direction, the long takes, the cruising sub-culture, the action taking place in only one location, the repetition, the symbolism and juxtaposition of the detached, carnal acts with nature.

Was so much hardcore sex required to make a point? The high-point is that long take of the drowning. Everything before that piked curiosity. Afterwards, it lost me until that tense final scene.


Super Reviewer

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