A Lake ★★★★

Grandrieux makes ample use of darkness, fog, and a blurred camera, effects which create a palpable sense of mystery around what is at its heart a very simple story. The mystery in turn diminishes the importance of the narrative as Grandrieux instead aims to uncover feelings associated with deep familial attachment and loss. The film's setting, on an island in the middle of a lake, seems primordial and thereby universalizes the tale beyond its immediate context.