Stranger by the Lake

Summertime. A cruising spot for men, 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 wants to live out his passion anyway.

L'inconnu du lac
France 2013
  • Czech
97 min.
  • This film is available until 31. 8. 2025 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

Picturesque lakeside cruising spot for gay men. Franck enjoys spending summer afternoons here, swimming and meeting other men. He befriends the solitary Henri, but during brief conversations he is unable to take his eyes off Michel, a stranger with a perfect body and an alluring moustache. When Franck catches Michel in a horrific act one night, instead of reporting it to the police, he is drawn even more strongly to Michel by a mixture of paralyzing fear and irrepressible passion. Franck must satisfy his desire at all costs. The men fall into a passionate affair that is as dangerous as it is exciting. Alan Guiraudie skillfully creates a suffocating atmosphere of breathtaking suspense and deservedly won the Un Certain Regard award at Cannes for his assured direction of his mesmerizing, sexually explicit thriller.

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Director: Alain Guiraudie
Screenplay: Alain Guiraudie
Cinematography: Claire Mathon
Sound: Philippe Grivel, Nathalie Vidal
Editing: Jean-Christophe Hym
Producer: Sylvie Pialat
Co-production: Olivier Père
Cast: Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou, Patrick d'Assumçao, Jérôme Chappatte, Mathieu Vervisch, Gilbert Traïna, Emmanuel Daumas, Sébastien Badachaoui, Gilles Guérin, François-Renaud Labarthe

Cannes Film Festival

2013 – Alain Guiraudie (Un certain regard – Directing Prize)

Cannes Film Festival

2013 – Alain Guiraudie (Queer Prize)

César Awards

2014 – Pierre Deladonchamps (Most Promising Actor)

  • This film is available until 31. 8. 2025 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.