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Sneak Preview: STRANGER BY THE LAKE (2013, Alain Guiraudie)

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Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM (PST)

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STRANGER BY THE LAKE (L'inconnu du lac) (2013)

Directed by  Alain Guiraudie
Starring: Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou, Patrick d'Assumçao 

Official Selection at the Cannes International Film Festival, AFI Fest, and Toronto International Film Festival 

Thursday, January 23rd,  7:30 PM at the James Bridges Theater     

"Spare, steely, sexually explicit in a way that transcends mere provocation, Stranger by the Lake is vital cinema." — Globe & Mail

"Guiraudie creates an ambiance of eerie atmospherics that is at once crisp and observant, and oddly dreamlike, or nightmarish." — Playlist                                               

Winner of the best director prize in the Un Certain Regarde section at Cannes, Alain Guiraudie's latest takes place over nine days at an isolated lakeside gay cruising beach in southern France. Franck, a handsome guy in a skimpy bathing suit, strikes up a friendship with Henri, a chubby older man who claims no interest in the shenanigans taking place in the surrounding forest; he just prefers to be away from the happy couples on the other side of the lake. Their budding companionship is interrupted when Michel, a moustachioed Adonis straight out of the 1970s, arrives and captures Franck's full attention.  

The tone of Stranger by the Lake is at this stage languid, erotic, and often quite funny. Genitals are on view, casually sloshing between beach conversation and an uncensored checklist of hot sex in the bushes. As befits the locale's sense of swaggering camaraderie (and hint of danger), the socially uncouth are excluded from play more than the less-than-attractive.  

Guiraudie imposes an impressively tight structure on the characters' interactions: arrival at the parking lot, the beach, the lake, the bushes, departure from the parking lot, repeat. That discipline becomes a cage when Franck witnesses Michel drowning his latest trick in the deep water. Franck still allows himself to be seduced by the gorgeous killer, to the dismay of his friend, and under the watchful eye of a pesky police detective.  

While the eerie use of light, wind, and shadow — and an underlying itch that things will all go terribly wrong — suggest a vein of film noir, the film consistently shifts to a less generic tone. A remarkable interview in Cinema Scope magazine between Guiraudie and Portuguese auteur João Pedro Rodrigues identified the film as a "naturalist thriller," which is perhaps the best way to frame Guiraudie's heartbreaking admixture of sex, death, and impossible loneliness. - NOAH COWAN


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James Bridges Theater
235 Charles E Young Drive
Los Angeles, California 90095

Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM (PST)

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