L'inconnu du lac (2013)
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You'll forgive anything when you're in love. Even murder. Just make sure you're really in love and not just horny and starved for affection.
The first thing you'll notice about this film is the beautiful cinematography. The run time, which is just over 1 and a half hours, is full of long, gorgeous shots of the lake and the woods surrounding it. The fact that the entire story takes place at this lake also adds an air of mystique to the proceedings, creating a moody atmosphere.
However, this proves not to be enough to carry the film, as it still seems rather slow throughout. The dialogue is trite and there's hardly any characterization, leaving the motivations of the subjects rather vague.
There is gratuitous nudity but almost no violence, or any action (other than several sex scenes) until the last twenty minutes.
In the end, the fact that this film is merely 'good', when it had the potential to be 'great', is somewhat maddening.
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This movie ranks #6 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
This movie ranks #24 in BFI Flare's The Best LGBTQ+ Films of All Time
This movie ranks #71 in Time Out's The 100 Best French Films
This movie ranks #74 in A.V. Club's The Best Movies of the 2010s
This movie ranks #96 in TSPDT's 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
This movie ranks #491 in Cahiers du Cinéma's Annual Top 10 Lists