A film by Cannes award-winning director Alain Guiraudie
Summertime in France. At a cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake, Franck falls for the sexy Michel - lust at first sight. Unfortunately for Franck, Michel's jealous lover is also a regular at the cruising spot, and the two men are unable to act on the obvious spark between them.
Retreating to the lake's shores, Franck befriends an older man, Henri, who does not fit in to the "scene". Their friendship is not based on sex, but on conversation and shared observation of their world and situation.
When Franck witnesses Michel killing his lover, he is shocked, but his lust for this dangerous man overrides any sense of personal safety, and the two men begin a passionate affair. Soon the spot is frequented by a policeman who simply won't accept that the body they discovered was caused by an accidental drowning...
Winner of the Queer Palm, and Best Director (Un Certain Regard) awards at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, STRANGER BY THE LAKE is the controversial and sexually daring new film from acclaimed filmmaker Alain Guiraudie.
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