Stranger by the Lake Reviews

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March 14, 2014
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.
March 13, 2014
Alain Guiraudie allows the chosen genre styles and structures to freely blend and merge. The transitions between thriller, comedy and romance are sometimes almost indiscernible.
March 7, 2014
Gratuitousness (some scenes are simply porn) overshadows the crux of the tale, namely Franck's libido taking precedence over his conscience and the risk that he may become an accomplice.
March 7, 2014
Sex, murder, and tension in a tranquil setting
March 7, 2014
Unsettling, suspenseful and sad, it's a movie that sticks with you long after it's over.
March 6, 2014
Carefully and often brilliantly creates its own Eden-like universe.
March 6, 2014
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.
February 28, 2014
Claire Mathon's brilliant cinematography finds an appositely sinister glare in the shimmering water and sunny skies.
February 23, 2014
However you read it, the film is compelling and audaciously candid in its erotic charge, while an ending that literally leaves us in the dark is one of the most haunting sign-offs in recent cinema.
February 23, 2014
This death trip homoerotic thriller, influenced by Hitchcock, is powerful, weird, and intoxicating - until its final scenes.
February 21, 2014
It shimmers with that intoxicating sun-on-the-water allure that might make someone not quite themselves.
February 21, 2014
Alain Guiraudie's thriller is characterised both by its formal ingenuity and its surprisingly graphic gay sex. The plotting rekindles memories both of Patricia Highsmith novels and of Hitchcock films.
February 21, 2014
As an exercise in style, this minimalist noir erotic thriller is pretty cool. But it loses its way somewhere around the midpoint and never quite finds it again.
February 21, 2014
Like a wry scientist, wading through the jungle, Guiraudie notes every tiny, unwritten law. It's infectious stuff.
February 21, 2014
Even though this dramatic thriller is set in a place most viewers will be unable to identify with, filmmaker Alain Guiraudie and his cast draw us in completely.
February 20, 2014
When was the last time you saw an erotic thriller that worked simultaneously on both levels?
February 20, 2014
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.
February 20, 2014
I thought the film silly if endearing. Fluff noir. Others, peering into the crystal, see and prophesy a cult future for filmmaker Alain Guiraudie.
February 20, 2014
Guiraudie's film is acutely brilliant on the funny, scary machinery of desire, and how easily humans can get caught up in its cogwheels.
February 20, 2014
Alain Guiraudie - remember that name.
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