Stranger by the Lake
Stranger by the Lake (2014)

Frank (Pierre Deladonchamps) spends his summer days hopelessly searching for companionship at a popular cruising spot on the shores of a lake in rural France. One day, he meets Michel (Christophe Paou), an attractive yet darkly mysterious… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 13, 2014
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Sexy, smart, and darkly humorous, Stranger by the Lake offers rewarding viewing for adult filmgoers in search of thought-provoking drama.

Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

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.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

While I found the characters interesting, the story was not very compelling and it was slow-moving as well. I learned a lot more about homosexual sex techniques than I wanted to know, and less about the characters than I wanted to know.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Carefully and often brilliantly creates its own Eden-like universe.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

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.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Perfect, in that it achieves exactly what it meant to... portrays the world of casual sex and cruising with almost journalistic proficiency.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

There's too much metaphysical packaging material in the story; it's half Styrofoam peanuts. But its ideas are intriguing and its murky suspense is undeniable.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

This lake is a sexual refuge, about to be stained by sin and blood.

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S. James Wegg

Franck, so akin to Philip in Somerset Maugham's Of Human Bondage, knows in his heart that he is making a potentially deadly mistake, but his insatiable lust won't hear a word of it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Guiraudie deserves praise for the unrestrained way he shows male nudity and explicit sex, treating all of it with the level of openness that is to be expected… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
Stranger By The Lake (2013, France): consuming, intoxicating, and unapologetic portrayal of homosexual passion and crime. Sexually graphic, Stranger By The Lake… More
Christian C
Excellent direction by Guiraudie outshines even the spot-on performances by Padu and Deladonchamps. An eerie masterpiece of isolation, loneliness and suspense.… More
Glenn Gaylord
An award winner at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, STRANGER BY THE LAKE is the first film by acclaimed writer/director Alain Guiraudie to receive U.S.… More
'Stranger by the Lake'. Might have enjoyed it if the ratio of suspense to male genitalia was reversed. I appreciated the stillness in the direction,… More
Walter M.
At a clothing optional beach where one has a better chance of finding a unicorn than a woman, Franck(Pierre Deladonchamps) gravitates over to the one guy who is… More