Stranger by the Lake – Israeli Premiere

Tel Aviv Cinematheque – 2 Sprinzak st.
Tickets are available NOW at 03-6060800 ext. 9
Thursday, November 7, 22:00
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97 minutes, French with English and Hebrew subtitles

Guiraudie’s astonishing film makes magnificent use of the various parts of what is effectively just one gay-cruising lakeside location – woods, lake, shore, car park. One habitué takes a shine to another, but secretly witnesses him drowning his current lover in the lake. Lust and curiosity overcome fear as he’s gradually drawn into a relationship with the murderer, just as a police investigation gets underway.

There’s an almost pagan feel to the film’s crystalline images, its evocation of summer heat and desiring, devouring glances and bodies, its mixture of beauty and dread (the mythical dangerous fish in the lake). Casting, performances and script are all pitch-perfect as well.