Stranger by the Lake


French with English subtitles , 2013, 101 minutes, color, France

Since premiering at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival (where Alain Guiraudie won the best directing award in Un Certain Regard), Stranger by the Lake has stunned festival audiences around the world with its candid and absorbing portrait of passion and murder at a secluded lakeside cruising spot.

Handsome young Franck visits the lake daily, increasingly bold in his search for sexual partners among the nude beachgoers. He befriends lonely, middle-aged Henri, but he also obsessively fixates on the darkly attractive Michel, even after he witnesses Michel’s violent late-night encounter with his latest partner. Nonetheless, Franck remains focused on attracting Michel’s attention, no matter what the potential risks are.

Naturalistically depicting the tiny, white stone beach, Stranger by the Lake is alive with the sounds of rippling water and rustling leaves while it explicitly details the sexual encounters taking place within the lush lakeside woods. Guiraudie painstakingly constructs an amusing and astute study of a community while simultaneously generating a creeping sense of dread in this gripping thriller.

Director: Alain Guiraudie

Screenwriter: Alain Guiraudie

Associate Producer: Gilles Sitbon

Principal Cast: Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou, Patrick d'Assumçao

About the Director

Alain Guiraudie was born in Villefranche-de-Rouergue, France. He has written and directed the features Du soleil pour les gueux (2001), That Old Dream That Moves (2001), No Rest for the Brave (2003), Time Has Come (2005), The King of Escape (2009), and Stranger by the Lake (2013), for which he won the award for best director in the Un Certain Regard program at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.


1/17/2014 12:00 pm
Temple Theatre, Park City
1/18/2014 12:00 pm
Salt Lake City Library Theatre, SLC
1/19/2014 7:30 pm
Redstone Cinema 7, Park City
1/25/2014 11:30 pm
Prospector Square Theatre, Park City