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Stranger by the Lake
7.6
/10
4,210 Ratings

STRANGER BY THE LAKE

L'inconnu du lac

Directed by Alain Guiraudie
France, 2013
Drama, Thriller, Romance, LGBTQ+

Synopsis

Summertime. A cruising spot for men is tucked away on the shores of a lake. Franck falls in love with Michel, an attractive, potent, and lethally dangerous man. Franck knows this—but decides to live out his passion anyway.

Synopsis

Summertime. A cruising spot for men is tucked away on the shores of a lake. Franck falls in love with Michel, an attractive, potent, and lethally dangerous man. Franck knows this—but decides to live out his passion anyway.

Our take

After winning a prize in Cannes, this thriller quickly became a sensation as the hottest arthouse queer title of the year. Set in the cruising world, it merges eroticism and suspense in a celebration of bodies of all shapes and sizes, engaging in explicit sex under the glinting, menacing summer sun.