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Stranger by the Lake (2014)


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I watched a French film with a "gay" plot yesterday called Stranger by the LakeI found it really interesting. It's pretty graphic at times; I'm surprised the mainstream media reviewed it. There is something intriguing about it, and it's very well done.  Although I liked it, I didn't find it entirely satisfying. Here's the New York Times review:

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/24/movies/death-and-desire-in-stranger-by-the-lake.html

 

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It's also extremely graphic, and I can't believe that it actually played at the Quad Cinemas in lower Manhattan for one week.

 

 

Nice to see this film pop up in the discussion again. Actually, the Quad became a sort of home for gay-themed films at one point. Not porn -- but some pretty graphic gay films played there -- at least films that were considered graphic for their times.

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Nice to see this film pop up in the discussion again. Actually, the Quad became a sort of home for gay-themed films at one point. Not porn -- but some pretty graphic gay films played there -- at least films that were considered graphic for their times.

The Quad Cinemas introduced me to a lot of gay foreign films.  So I will always be grateful to the Quad Cinemas.

 

One of the most impressive was from The Czech Republic - "The Country Teacher" by Bohdan Slama.

 

The film was about a secretly gay teacher, Petr (Pavel Leska) who decided to leave the gay life of Prague and retire to the country and teach at a rural school.

 

He is housed near the school with an older woman, who's had a difficult marital history, and mistakes Petr's interest in her as possibly sexual interest.

 

But Petr is actually drawn to her 17 year-old son, Lada (Ladislav Sedivy) who isn't doing well at school.

 

Petr decides to tutor Lada - and, under Petr's tutorlege, Lada blooms academically.

 

But Petr is so in love with Lada and finally makes his move.

 

The consequences are interesting, to say the least.

 

It's a tender, brave film that sees its' characters as human beings first - not just people who are painted in black or white.

 

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Petr wishes that he weren't falling in love - with a boy - but, sadly, he is and can't help himself.

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You mentioned Czech films, and I posted some comments about the Czech rent-boy films of Polish director Wiktor Grodecki. I included a YouTube clip of Mandragora. I'm afraid it must have been a bit too much for the mods, and the whole thing -- comments and excerpt -- were deleted. Here's some information about the director and his films.  They are shocking and violent; but there is a poignancy about them, and the tragedy of the boys' lives against the background of beautiful baroque Prague and the music of Bach and Mozart is striking. The three major films are Mandragora and Grodecki's two documentaries: Not Angels But Angels; Body Without Soul.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiktor_Grodecki

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The film is what used to be considered an art film which is why you saw it in regular theater.  Gay sex is very rare in main stream cinema - but you can see plenty of it on cable- just watch the very sexy "Looking"  on HBO. 

I have seen "Looking" on HBO.  It lasted two seasons, right?

 

But "Stranger On The Lake" is the only film with explicit real gay sex that I have actually seen in a legitimate movie theater.

 

I have seen gay films with simulated gay sex in movie houses.

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I didn't know they were having actual sex- I prefer the first part of the movie with it's Hitchcokian feel but then it to turns into a gay "Friday the 13th"

Clearly, Michel is a homicidal maniac - and Franck will be his next victim.

 

I wonder if the "body doubles" who had to do the actual sex got paid a great deal.

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