“Stranger by the Lake”is a quiet and ominous psychosexual thriller that takes place on a sunny beach shore. The improbable, serene setting is a cruising spot for men; a tucked away gem hidden far away from mainstream society. The first half of this alluring and highly graphic tale concerns a young man’s search for sex, friendship, and a love interest. The central character, Franck, spends his entire summer days at the cruising area. His actions are repetitive; he gives a friendly kiss to a known acquaintance, undresses, basks in the sun, and then prowls with a deceptive twinkle of innocence.