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Stranger by the Lake

L'inconnu du lac

Geregisseerd door Alain Guiraudie
Frankrijk, 2013
Drama, LGBT+, Thriller


De zomertijd. Een plek waar mannen bij elkaar komen, weggestopt aan de oevers van een meer. Franck wordt verliefd op Michel; een aantrekkelijke, krachtige en dodelijk gevaarlijke man. Franck weet dit, maar wil hoe dan ook zijn passie naar hem uiten.

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Stranger by the Lake Geregisseerd door Alain Guiraudie
That Alain Guiraudie’s plein soleil thriller is a stunning formal accomplishment should be self-evident to anyone who sees it. What’s more surprising is that a film that so insistently links sex and death can offer so much sheer pleasure—a pleasure absent either the masochistic moralizing of the Michael Haneke variety or the glibly nihilistic glee of Gone Girl.
January 05, 2015
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Guiraudie brings the aesthetics, politics, and psychology of gay hook-up culture to life. Start with the fact that these guys are secluded from the rest of society. The chats are casual and coded as men feel each other out. The biological process becomes a social one (as men feel each other out). Most of all Guiraudie dramatizes the self-destructive carelessness that comes with sexual desire.
December 19, 2014
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Stranger by the Lake is perhaps less of a headscratcher than some of Guiraudie’s earlier work, in that there is no ambiguity about the characters’ location or identity. Yet it shimmers with that intoxicating sun-on-the-water allure that might make someone not quite themselves. A large part of the film’s effectiveness is down to its roster of self-imposed formal limitations, which concentrate the attention into a kind of conceptual and narrative tunnel vision.
February 21, 2014
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