Friday, November 9, 2018

Stranger By the Lake (France: Alain Guiraudie, 2013)

STRANGER BY THE LAKE Alain Guiraudie, France, 2013. Guiraudie’s Cannes-awarded exploration of death and desire unfolds entirely in the vicinity of a gay cruising ground that becomes a crime scene. Franck (Pierre Deladonchamps) is a regular at a lakeside pickup spot, where he finds companionship both platonic and carnal. But his new paramour Michel (Christophe Paou) turns out to be a love-’em-and-leave-’em type, in the deadliest sense… Guiraudie has long been a singular voice in French cinema: anti-bourgeois, at ease in nature, a true regionalist and outsider. Here he and [cinematographer Claire] Mathon capture naked bodies and hardcore sex with the same matter-of-fact sensuousness they bring to ripples on the water and the fading light of dusk.  - The Female Gaze (2018)

Stranger By the Lake (France: Alain Guiraudie, 2013: 100 mins)

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