Erotic Gay Thriller “Stranger By The Lake” Seduces Cannes Film Festival

The buzz at Cannes last week was all about Alain Guiraudie’s Un Certain Regard entry, L’Inconnu du lac (Stranger by the Lake). Set in a cruising ground in rural France, the film juxtaposes graphic scenes of boys being (and doing) boys with something quite sinister:

New to the scene is Franck (Pierre Deladonchamps), a handsome twentysomething more in the market for a partner than a sex buddy, but taking his chances in the meantime. His best chance, as he sees it, arrives in the form of Michel (Christophe Paou), an older, mustachioed swimmer on whom Franck becomes inordinately fixated. Michel is immediately flirtatious, though initially beholden to another sex partner; that only further stokes the younger man’s desire, which doesn’t waver even after, one balmy summer evening, he witnesses Michel murdering his mate in broad moonlight.

Hey, we’d put up with a lot of get our cookie, but we draw the line at homicide. Burn us once…

Above, check out Stranger by the Lake’s the lengthy trailer. It’s in French (sorry) but you’ll get the gist of it. (NSFW warning: there is a quick flash of tush.)

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