The Cannes synopsis said it all: ‘Summertime. A cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake. Franck falls in love with Michel. An attractive, potent and lethally dangerous man. Franck knows this, but wants to live out his passion anyway.’
The very artistic poster featuring 2 men kissing — and even sexual positions in the background — is everywhere in Paris. There was even a huge debate around it as 2 Parisian suburbs (Versailles and Saint-Cloud), took the posters down as they were considered to be too shocking. But there’s more than just sex or provocation to this movie…
A movie about love and passion.
Set near an idyllic lake (…), writer-director Alain Guiraudie’s sexually charged thriller is mixing explicit sex with explicit love. As quoted by AFP (Agence France Presse), Alain Guiraudie explained the (purportedly) graphic sex scenes in Stranger by the Lake* as a cinematic union of romantic love and sex. “I wanted to mix the two,” said Guiraudie. “I wasn’t looking to have beautiful love scenes interrupted by pornographic vignettes. I wanted to mix all that, so that it all goes together, that the sex be beautiful.”
(…) Something else that’s positive about Stranger by the Lake*: whatever its sociopolitical intentions, if any, Alain Guiraudie’s film shows that, for better or for worse, there’s much more in gay men’s minds and lives than the desire of becoming accepted into mainstream society’s traditional institutions.
Stranger by the Lake* has won the 2013 Queer Palm handed out to Cannes Film Festival movies featuring gay, lesbian, bi, tri, multi, transgender, etc. characters (…). The movie will be released in more than 20 other countries including The US.
*= L’inconnu du Lac.
Source = Alt Film Guide – http://www.altfg.com