Stranger by the Lake is a pathological murder mystery
The full-frontal male sexuality in Alain Guiraude's Stranger by the Lake occurs at a gay nude beach in France. This location, surrounded by hilly woods and a parking lot, puts gay cruising rituals on display as well as explicit sexual acts--ejaculation, fellatio, copulation--shown with matter-of-fact frankness. Yet this film is anything but a realistic work. Despite the lavish, widescreen concentration on natural exteriors and woodsy, aquatic environmental sound effects, everything's carefully arranged to accommodate a murder-mystery plot.