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Aro Recommended Stranger by the Lake


France 2013, 96 minutes
Dir. Alain Guiraudie
In French with English subtitles
Rating: [R18]
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Suspense / Gay Cinema, Sex


“An absorbing and intelligent exploration of queer desire spiced up with thriller elements.”~Variety

Aroview: An unnerving, sexually frank thriller set around an idyllic gay cruising spot, where two lovers strike up a heated romance that threatens to turn violent after a suspicious lakeside death.

Much of the focus on the film has centered on its explicit and copious sex scenes, though as a mastery of the suspense genre, it deserves a different sort of attention. Drawing equally on classical (i.e. Hitchcock) and European (i.e. Haneke) sensibilities, this is a standout 'queer noir' to satisfy both adventurous film goers and sharp-eyed film theorists.

NZ International Film Festival 2013

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DVD Features

  • cast and/or crew interviews
  • aspect ratio: 16:9

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