Alain Guiraudie’s new film is a disturbing, erotic psychological thriller set at a lakeside beach and wrapped in some of the most graphic homosexual sex you will see this side of the internet. The characters, all male, reveal everything physically and very little personally. Franck (Pierre Deladonchamps) is a beach regular, open to impulsive coupling in the surrounding shrubbery but also drawn to conversation with Henri (Patrick d’Assumçao), a fat straight guy who comes to the beach but sits clothed and apart. However, Franck’s carnal passion is for the handsome sociopath Michel (Christophe Paou). The film is a study of isolation, lust, death, and death wish shot entirely at one location with a cool, detached style and riveting suspense. Not rated. 97 minutes. In French with subtitles. The Screen, Santa Fe.
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