Regardless of one's own sexuality (myself - straight but supportive), this intense and mysterious erotic gay thriller is a masterful development of tension and suspense which beguiles and haunts throughout. Guiraudie has left his mark on contemporary cinema with aplomb.
Unlike "Blue is the warmest color", this film's does manage to make the abundant scenes of gay sex feel realistic, non-exploitative and conveying. Set in a sensual and superficial environment, the way the story elaborates makes it easy to understand the main character's vulnerability to the anesthetic power of beauty.
Pleasant film that delivers raw experiences and not so subtle symbolism (but it works). Good scene construction, interesting subject, a nice setting construction where the lake takes the centre role by default with every other character running away from it. Bloody giant catfishes lurking in the water.
Stranger by the Lake is an exceptional take on the thriller genre that surprises and delights. Beautifully shot, Guiraudie's critical success depicts complex emotions and fascinating moral dilemmas, creating a memorable study on the power of desire as the lead character falls for someone he knows is dangerous. Yet, in the end it feels the film nearly fails to create a really strong connection with the audience.
A condom is necessary for sex. It protects us from STDs & gives us security feeling. In movie, talking about a condom represents how considerate you are to each other's body. A protagonist talks with first person having sex about "No condom, No fellatio". But later he accepts a sex w/ stranger without a condom & actually that stranger is...I think Guiraudie is very ethical person who respects one's own body.