Stranger by the Lake
L’Inconnu du lac
An imaginative and explicit gay parable about the strange encounters made by a man frequenting a cruising beach.
Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou, Patrick d’Assumçao
France 2013. 100min
Imagine Bresson making an explicit gay erotic thriller. Unlikely, but Guiraudie may have had him in mind when making this tale of a man disappointed by his encounters on a cruising beach until he notices a hunk who, it transpires, could prove dangerous company. The compositions and cutting, like the focus on loneliness, temptation and transgression, echo Bresson’s work to an intriguing and rewarding degree.