Run Time: 97 minutes
At a secluded lakeside cruising spot in rural France, men sit naked by the waterfront with hungry eyes. Michel’s tanned chest glistens in the water, his mustache bristles like a 70s swinger, and his eyes glow with secrets. Franck spots him from afar while Michel’s out swimming, his body pumping out seductive machismo. There’s just one problem—Michel already has a lover. At dusk, when no one else is around, Franck spies on the sexy Don Juan and his lover from the top of a hill. The two go out for a swim. Only Michel comes back. Could this be Franck’s grim opportunity or a treacherous warning? An electrifying slow burner from the sublime direction of Alain Guiraudie, STRANGER BY THE LAKE is a thriller composed of suspicious eyes, unspoken tension, and a surplus of very graphic sex. Through breathtaking cinematography, ice cold performances, and a deceptively austere story comes this cerebral neo-noir that’s pure cinema. But be warned: you’ll have to remind your body to breathe. (In French with subtitles) —C.P.
Friday, March 21, 2014 at 8:50 PM
Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 1:35 PM
Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou, Patrick D'Assumçao, Jérôme Chappatte, Mathieu Vervisch, Gilbert Traina, Emmanuel Daumas, Sébastien Badachaoui,
Alain Guiraudie was born to a farming family in Villefranche-de-Rouergue, France in 1964. He's come a long way from rural life, writing and directing films for almost two decades.
"No Rest for the Brave" (2003)—28th CIFF, "Time Has Come" (2005), "The King of Escape" (2009), STRANGER BY THE LAKE (2013)
Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque