February 20, 2014 6:02 pm

Stranger by the Lake – film review

A weird French drama-thriller from first-time director Alain Guiraudie

Pierre Deladonchamps, left, and Christophe Paou

Stranger by the Lake is a weird little French drama-thriller that won, at Cannes, weirder acclaim. A man is drowned by his lover in the lake beside a gay cruising ground. Another man witnesses it. Killer and watcher are drawn to each other. A police inspector eccentric in his ubiquity (a Clouseau of the demi-monde) keeps parting the foliage, as the dusk falls, to prowl into view. I thought the film silly if endearing. Fluff noir. Others, peering into the crystal, see and prophesy a cult future for filmmaker Alain Guiraudie.

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Nigel Andrews


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