Films with iconic and haunting images rule the year
7. Stranger By The Lake
You could write a 30 page essay on Alain Guiraudie's impressive art film and that's no doubt one reason it has stuck with me ever since it premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. An allegory for gay men's dangerous desires in the age of AIDS, it transforms itself from a voyeuristic spectacle (Guy Lodge referred to it as "porn noir") into an edge of your seat thriller with shocking ease. Six months later you hardly remember the in-your-face European nudity, but Guiraudie's startling vision and hoping that our hero, Franck (Pierre Deladonchamps), just makes it to the final frame in one piece.