This review originally written in 2014 for The Oregonian.
At a remote French getaway, gay men cruise each other for anonymous sex, leading to brief liaisons and unfulfilled passions.
There, Franck (Pierre Deladonchamps) meets both Henri (Patrick D'Assumçao), a straight man seeking conversation, and Michel (Christophe Paou), a handsome swimmer with whom Franck becomes infatuated. They make a kind of awkward love triangle in Alain Guiraudie's erotic thriller, Stranger by the Lake.
When Franck sees Michel kill a lover, his determination to have him only intensifies.
The action stays centralized, with the men prowling through the woods, sneaking away to share secrets and then coming into the light to pretend nothing happened. Guiraudie’s telling is fairly cold-blooded, but the choreographed dance of desire and disappointment still manages to intrigue.