But the film industry is arguably just as nude-phobic when it comes to naked men—we live in a time where gratuitous full-frontal female nudity on film is applauded, and the tamest glimpses of male peen are threatened with X-ratings.
French filmmaker Alain Guiraudie is looking to squash that double-standard with Stranger by the Lake, a “low key-thriller” and two-time prize-winning selection from the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, now getting a second wind as a featured international selection at Sundance 2014.
Despite being a low-budget film shot in a single location, Stranger by the Lake is being hailed as “impressive” and “tantalizingly erotic,” a masterpiece that just so happens to include very graphic gay sex and a cast that remains fully nude “for 95% of the film.”
The film centers on Franck (Pierre Deladonchamps), a handsome young man cruising for gay sex on a nude beach:
The setting is a lake in the French countryside, specifically the side of the lake that is a popular cruising spot. Towels, shoes and naked bodies are scattered along the shore, a mix of regulars and newcomers. Trees ring the lake as well, a respite from the sun and shelter for the sex that is more of a draw than the water.
It’s technically a “thriller,” with murderous undertones.
Last year, Deladonchamps spoke with Daily Xtra about the film’s gratuitous nudity:
I don’t have any problem with my own nudity. I think, I’m like that, and everybody is a human being, and, I mean, What the fuck?
Our sentiments exactly.
Check out the trailer below, as well as some NSFW screen caps: