The Intruder (L'Intrus) (2005)

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Critic Consensus: The impressionistic narrative may confound the viewer, but Denis crafts wonderfully poetic, dreamlike imagery.


Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: G
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 25, 2006
Box Office: $4.6k
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for The Intruder (L'Intrus)

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (12)

While it may take a few viewings to sort the details out, much about L'Intrus lingers, shimmering quietly in the memory.

Full Review… | April 7, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

An interior epic with epic exteriors, a film with very little dialogue, where the pictures (photographed by the great Agnès Godard), actors and the juxtaposition of both tell the story.

Full Review… | March 31, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
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Never has Denis demanded so much from audiences as with this shimmering enigma, at once intimate and epic, but it's worth the effort and then some.

Full Review… | March 16, 2006
Los Angeles Times
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A beautiful, complex work that challenges viewers to mentally sift interior and exterior journeys.

Full Review… | March 16, 2006
Variety
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Denis' film -- which may be her most intricately constructed and intensely beautiful to date -- is one that transcends words and stories, a movie to be felt rather than rationalized.

Full Review… | March 16, 2006
L.A. Weekly
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Denis composes a majestic dream book of shots and sequences.

Full Review… | February 3, 2006
Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for The Intruder (L'Intrus)

[font=Century Gothic]In "The Intruder", Louis(Michel Subor) enjoys spending his days frolicking with his dogs near the French-Swiss border while he spends his nights with a local woman. One night an intruder breaks in, but Louis kills him and quietly disposes of the body. This event along with his weakening health convince him that it is time to move on...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Directed by Claire Denis, "The Intruder" is a beautiful but opaque film. Early on, it is not even clear as to who the movie is supposed to be about, as a young border guard's family vies for attention. But the movie does eventually come into focus. Not giving any details about Louis' past mirrors the character's emotional detachment from the world around him.[/font]

Harlequin68
Walter M.

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While I appreciate minimalist dialogue, and it was cinematographically beautiful at times, I found this too slow and boring.

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Jeff B

This is the most unbelieveable film i've seen in 2006. When i think about this film it is hard for me to distinguish my own subjective perceptions and it's poetic movie images.

aboynamedmario
mario gonzalez

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