‘Stranger by the Lake’ Review: Summer Lovin’ with a Murderer

Prior to “Stranger by the Lake,” writer-director Alain Guiraudie’s films  have been little seen in the United States, but he’s poised to make a very big splash with his sixth theatrical feature.

Winner of two awards at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and a featured international selection at Sundance 2014, “Stranger by the Lake” is the kind of taut, low-key thriller that Roman Polanski and Alfred Hitchcock would very much admire. The former could certainly identify with the film’s use of water imagery, a recurring theme in Polanski’s own work, while the latter would appreciate the film’s bravura central sequence; in one uninterrupted wide shot, our protagonist hides in the woods and watches as one man drowns another in the lake before swimming to shore, getting dressed and leaving.  Read More...



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