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Love is strange in ‘Stranger by the Lake’

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Stranger by the Lake

A simple and ruthlessly effective exercise in minimal narrative and style, Alain Guiraudie’s moral tale is so restrained and atmospheric that the nudity and graphic sex don’t upstage the creepy mood of seductive, inescapable doom. A good-natured youth visits a gay cruising spot by a lakeside beach and is drawn to a beautiful man with a sinister mustache.

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