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560 Ratings

Un lac

Directed by Philippe Grandrieux
France, 2008
Avant-Garde, Drama


A Lake envisions a family living in the woods and supported by the eldest son’s logging, despite his frequent, violent epileptic fits. The arrival of a stranger to help the logging sets off tremors that dislocate the delicate balance of family relationships.

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Un lac Directed by Philippe Grandrieux

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2008 | 2 special mentions including: Horizons Award

AFI Fest


Critics reviews

A tantalizing work that straddles the line between narrative and experimental filmmaking… Grandrieux channels the young man’s fragmented worldview, breaking the film into short, texturally vivid sequences that immerse viewers in the natural environment or bouts of intense physical activity.
May 13, 2016
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Un Lac is a sublime film about, not uncomplicated joy exactly, but the exquisite pain of a transition… To really feel this film is to be struck by all this virginity: the freshness of air, of skin (how made-up and artificial all skin in every other movie looks after this one!), of every posture and gesture.
March 15, 2009
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