L'inconnu du lac

L'inconnu du lac

Stranger by the lake

DVD - 2014 | French
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Franck spends his summer vacation searching for companionship and sexual encounters at a popular cruising spot on the shores of a picturesque lake in rural France. One day, he meets Michel, an attractive yet darkly mysterious man and falls blindly in love. When a death occurs, Franck 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.
Publisher: [Culver City, Calif.] : Strand Releasing, [2014]
Branch Call Number: FRENCH DVD INCONNU
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Alternative Title: Stranger by the lake

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jnewday
Sep 07, 2017

Erotic explicit sensual and sinister. The fatal fire, how we are all drawn to passion and captivated by its spell.

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Nursebob
Sep 29, 2016

Beautifully framed with static wide-angled shots full of sun, surf, and naked sprawling bodies, writer/director Alain Guiraudie’s minimalist tale of amour fou has achieved two seemingly contradictory goals: first he normalizes casual gay sex as a form of social interaction complete with its own rituals and rules of conduct yet, at the same time, he manages to expose its petty, shallow, and highly judgemental underbelly. With unattractive but personable Henri at one pole and gorgeous but emotionally dead Michel at the other, Guiraudie expertly suspends Franck between substance and lust (and never the twain shall meet, apparently) and he places them all in an erotically charged Garden of Eden bordered by forest, lake, and telltale parking lot. Only in this garden the whispering trees stand like indifferent angels, forbidden fruit beckons from the bushes, and God himself appears in the form of an arthritic police detective whose piercing eyes and incisive questioning force Franck to reappraise his knowledge of good and evil. Despite its bucolic setting, Guiraudie’s Paradise harbours a deadly snake indeed and love is truly blind—but is it also recklessly destructive? An ambivalent final scene, pure genius on the director’s part, stretches tension to the breaking point and leaves you questioning your own convictions. This is the type of fare Hitchcock would have brewed up had he been born a queer provocateur.

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Chickey_666
Mar 19, 2016

Well composed, filmed with good actors and script. Very gay sexually explicate. Be prepared if this is your interest.

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MeaninglessBark
Mar 29, 2015

If you've heard Stranger by the Lake is great but have no real interest in seeing it...Don't. This film is not anywhere as near as good as many claimed when it was released. It's well shot and staged and...That's pretty much it. If you knew nothing of the film before watching it'd be a bit more appealing. But knowing that [SPOILER ALERT] it's a thriller ruins any surprise. The film also comes to no real conclusion and along the way to that lack of conclusion makes a majorly stupid stop in pointless violence. The most unfortunate aspect is that there was a very interesting seed of a film here. about an odd sexless relationship between a young and attractive gay man and a lonely, unattractive middle aged straight man. Had the film just been about their visits by the lake it could have been really interesting.

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BuckyBrown
Feb 12, 2015

Prospective viewers should be forewarned that a substantial portion of this movie portrays extremely explicit sex scenes such as anal sex and oral sex. I am neither homophobic nor a prude but i found the many highly sex scenes to be gratuitous and likely to offend (if not greatly offend) many PPL patrons who would be likely (IMHO) to find this film more pornographic than artistic.

Froster Jan 14, 2015

Homoerotic Hitchcock? Much more like Chabrol, actually. (But better than most). Why? Because the violence is presented in a very matter-of-fact, non-theatrical way, and the sense that the protagonists are acting “reasonably” is belied by their unbelievable actions. People don’t really behave like this, and it is the skill of the filmmaker to have us go willingly along for the ride. There is also a “moral” dimension to the film that I rather like, that has been uncommented upon so far…the equation of reckless sexual behavior to actual suicidal tendencies, and the dangers in equating sexual obsession with love. Aside from that, there are fully nude male bodies (beautiful and not-so-much) amply on display, and some very hot sex scenes. What’s not to like?

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A_Falkov
Dec 09, 2014

In regards to the ''why'' regarding the''tons'' of homosexual sex in this movie postulated by greg10583 - (strangely this question is rarely applied to straight-sex in film); perhaps due to the fact that this film is set on & around a beach where gay men ''cruise'', meet and hook-up. As well as the possibility that artists that identify with this culture have been exposed to ''mega-tons'' of straight sex in film even if this isn't entertaining to them. Does true equality upset the balance? However,perhaps just one of the high-profile reviewers that fawned over this film could have mentioned a few details regarding the somewhat sudden and graphic action. For the ''uninitiated''; or unsuspecting masses. The fact that this film was so well received by the mainstream is surely some benchmark for social acceptance and human rights, however. Yeah, sex happens. If you can handle such tangents in performance outside of straight-up porn (or at least look away during these fractions of the film), the reward is a skillful, dark thriller that smashes boundaries while remaining true to the greatest elements of the genre's history in France.

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jimg2000
Nov 22, 2014

A short tale about irrationality of sex and desire, in this case of a gay man fell for a killer at a cruise site; explicit graphic same sex scenes. It thinly reminds me of another much more complex and erotic drama "Looking For Mr. Goodbar" starring Diane Keaton.

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roystreet
Jun 26, 2014

The "Silurus" mentioned in the film is most likely "Silurus glanis," a type of big catfish introduced to France from Ukraine. According to Wikipedia, it normally runs around 4 - 5 feet in length, though individuals of more than 6' are thought to exist, but are considered extremely rare. It has been known to attack humans.

jtr10014 May 29, 2014

One of the best movies of 2014. The entire story is about the desire for sex vs the risk of death. Also sex and nudity convey different relationships, as well as present sex as nothing to be shied away from or have any embarassment about. The ambiguous ending leaves plenty of room for interpretation.

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jimg2000
Nov 22, 2014

Henri to Franck about Michel: So he's sexy, tanned, and has a great body. Maybe you're too gaga to see it, but he's weird.
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Franck: If you wanted company, you'd seek people out.
Henri: How do I do that?
Franck: You go up to them, make conversation.
Henri: That's cruising ... If I tried talking to people, they'd think I was weird. At cruising spots, at least you can talk to strangers. But I don't cruise.

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