A shy teenager on a summer vacation experiences the joy and pain of young adulthood when he forges an unlikely bond with an older girl.
"Chloé is on the cusp of adulthood and prematurely mourns her lost adolescence, while Bastien, with one foot still in childhood, is eager to become a teenager. Chloe has a morbid fascination with death and the spooky legends that haunt the lake. Bastien, on the other hand, avoids the water, as he almost drowned in it as a child. Perhaps paradoxically, it is differences like these that draw the two closer together. [...] The fact that the film constantly brushes against horror somehow does not disrupt this nostalgia; it may even increase it. Falcon Lake’s stylized graphics, costumes, and production design evoke 80s summer camp slashers like Sleepaway Camp or The Burning, but these references always remain dreamy and impressionistic; they are often abandoned in favor of exploring the deeper waters in which the intimacy between the two protagonists develops."
(from the introduction by Zeynep Aygun, Comparative Literature, Brown University)