Reviews

Sep 2, 2021
Taut with tension, drama and sexuality, this is a film that has taken homosexuality at its most base, most explicit and at its darkest, but not lost its focus on telling a damn good story.
Jun 10, 2020
With a naturalistic ambient soundtrack and a nuanced grasp on how cruel queer guys can be when they're on the make, this gripping erotic thriller will take you on a rough and psychologically troubling ride.
Nov 21, 2019
A moody, poetic piece about the nature of desire unfolding in a hidden place in plain view.
Aug 29, 2019
Stranger By the Lake hearkens back to an era of daring cinema too rarely seen today.
Aug 2, 2019
A compellingly eerie tale of identity, self-loathing, death and sex in a world we rarely see portrayed in film.
Jun 26, 2019
The pace may be a little too relaxed at times, and I'll admit the ending left me feeling a little cheated, but Guiraudie is in total control for the entire film.
Mar 14, 2019
Distributors seem not to realize that an explicit film about male cruising has the potential to attract an audience beyond just gay men: many women, straight and queer, are curious about the type of anonymous, repercussion-free sex shown in the film.
Mar 8, 2019
Caressing and coaxing its way under your skin, Guiraudie's latest is an amorous, raw and chillingly seductive psychological thriller full of razor-sharp suspense and an abundance of stylish eroticism.
Jan 30, 2019
In many ways, adhering as it does to semiotic storytelling and other visual tropes, this is a typical genre film. It's also daring and extremely good.
Dec 14, 2018
... many of my qualms evaporated in the movie's brutally suspenseful final 10 minutes...
Aug 22, 2018
Guiraudie's disciplined m.o. requires patience, and it leads to an ending that might frustrate viewers hoping for a more concrete narrative resolution to Franck's moral dilemma.
Feb 22, 2018
This is a tale of danger and desires and extremely gay sportswear: possibly the Frenchest film I have ever seen.
Jan 26, 2016
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
Feb 2, 2015
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.
Jan 28, 2015
Perfect, in that it achieves exactly what it meant to... portrays the world of casual sex and cruising with almost journalistic proficiency.
Dec 30, 2014
Franck, so akin to Philip in Somerset Maugham's Of Human Bondage, knows in his heart that he is making a potentially deadly mistake, but his insatiable lust won't hear a word of it.
May 2, 2014
The sexuality that builds tension early ends up being ultimately a distraction.
Apr 6, 2014
While its pace meanders, Stranger by the Lake proves to be an engrossing and darkly humorous watch.
Apr 4, 2014
Classically constructed, as rigid in its construction of suspense as any recent thriller, Alain Guiraudie's "Stranger by the Lake" is a masterful work, uncluttered yet lush, formally mechanistic, yet always surprising.
Mar 25, 2014
Understands desire as something ravenous, terrifying and ridiculous.