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LIFF27 – Day 3: Heli & Stranger By The Lake

I’ve left it a while to blog about yesterday’s films as I wasn’t quite sure of my opinion on either of them. Still not but here goes…

Heli (2013)

IMDb entry for Heli


The Blurb

“Love story between a young girl and a police man, both of them had connections with drugs but in opposite ways. This will create a conflict that love will try to overcome.”

My Thoughts

This was a well shot film but not for the feint hearted! Some pretty severe violence including one particular scene of torture that left every man in the cinema squirming in their seats and not one but two killings of dogs. It’s beautifully shot and the direction successfully balances the violent scenes with more tranquil scenes of landscapes and characters. Still uncomfortable viewing and I was left with a disappointment. I think this stemmed from the way the female characters were portrayed, from Heli’s wife to his sister to the female police officer, all reduce to nothing more than sexual objects. Worth a watch for the non-squeamish but left a bitter taste in my mouth.

Rating Out of Ten


Stranger By The Lake (2013)

IMDb entry for Stranger By The Lake


The Blurb

“Summertime. A cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake. Franck falls in love with Michel. An attractive, potent and lethally dangerous man. Franck knows this, but wants to live out his passion anyway.”

My Thoughts

I loved this film; all set in one location with a near identical shot opening each day’s action. The film starts with a relatively calm air; the tranquility of the lake interlaced with (pretty strong) sex scenes (not one to watch with the parents!). This develops to a period of tension and expectation of the inevitable through to final ten minutes when this tension is released in a series of bloody and violent events. I was a little disappointed with the ending which, for me, didn’t wrap the film up well but nevertheless this is a great thriller.

Rating Out of Ten


Aside It’s a stand-in joke every year on Twitter but after 4 films my full frontal percentage is 75%. Not bad. Shame Clooney didn’t join the party in Gravity…for pure percentage reasons only, of course.


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