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The Intruder (2004)

Cast: Michel Subor, Michel Subor, Grégoire Colin, more...
Director: Claire Denis, Claire Denis
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Fox Lorber
Genre: Drama, Foreign, France
Running Time: 130 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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Claire Denis' elliptical drama L'Intrus was inspired by a short book written by philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy about his heart transplant. In the film, Michel Subor (Le Petit Soldat) stars as Louis, who lives fairly self-sufficiently in a small cabin in the snowy wilds near the Swiss border. Louis has a son (Grégoire Colin, who also starred with Subor in the director's Beau Travail) whose wife (Florence Loiret-Caille) is a border guard, and they have two young children, but Louis has a strained relationship with his family. He lives a hard, stoic life out in the cold. Mysterious strangers cross the border at all hours of the day and night, and Louis vigilantly -- sometimes violently -- protects his homestead. It soon comes to pass that he needs a heart transplant. Louis quickly and quietly makes some arrangements, and travels to Pusan for the operation. He makes the demand that he be given a young man's heart, and not a woman's. His health still failing, Louis then travels to Tahiti, hoping for a final reunion with another son, whom he abandoned years before. The footage of the young Subor in Tahiti was taken from an uncompleted adaptation of a Robert Louis Stevenson story directed by Paul Gégauff. L'Intrus also stars Béatrice Dalle, Katia Golubeva, and Alex Descas in smaller roles. The film was shown by the Film Society of Lincoln Center as part of 2005's Rendez-Vous With French Cinema. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide

Claire Denis is a sensational filmmaker," J. Hoberman wrote a few years ago. And immediately added, "with all that implies." Craig Phillips concurs. Introducing GreenCine's conversation with Denis, he says of her film Friday Night, "It's the feel, the mood, the music, the hauntingly photographed images that draw you in - but it's the playfulness at work that really enchants." Full article >>

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Someone Else's Dream by talltale May 1, 2006 - 8:00 PM PDT
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
Like her "Beau Travail" but less so, Clair Denis' THE INTRUDER is another of the most overrated films of the past couple of years. Visually interesting from time to time, it offers a slight story, minimal characterization and far too much stream of consciousness and try-to-connect-the-dots moviemaking for my taste.

There are themes aplenty--mortality, immigration, organ trafficking, the animal/human conundrum, to name a few. But everything is filtered so completely through the mind of Ms. Denis, with little regard for those who might be viewing the finished product. It's like watching someone else's dream: linear for awhile, then bizarre, sometimes incomprehensible and finally boring. After garnering so much praise in some circles, the film will probably be a must-see for many. For me, it bordered on a waste of time.

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