Stranger by the Lake

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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) Strand

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  • 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.

    Mar 14, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Carefully and often brilliantly creates its own Eden-like universe.

    Mar 6, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • 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.

    Mar 6, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Like a wry scientist, wading through the jungle, Guiraudie notes every tiny, unwritten law. It's infectious stuff.

    Feb 21, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A simple and ruthlessly effective exercise in minimal narrative and style, Alain Guiraudie's moral tale is so restrained and atmospheric that the nudity and graphic sex don't upstage the creepy mood of seductive, inescapable doom.

    Feb 20, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Alain Guiraudie - remember that name.

    Feb 20, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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