The Intruder (L'Intrus) (2005)


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


Want to See

Not Interested

Add Rating
My Rating    

The Intruder (L'Intrus) Photos

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 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, Rovi

Watch it now


Beatrice Dalle
as La reine de l'hémisphère nord
Michel Subor
as Louis Trebor
Edwin Alin
as Le patron de la quincaillerie
Dong-ho Kim
as Le propriétaire du bateau
Chang Se-tak
as L'associé du propriétaire du bateau
Park Hong-suk
as L'homme du marché aux poissons
Alex Descas
as Le prêtre
Lolita Chammah
as La sauvageonne
View All

Critic Reviews for The Intruder (L'Intrus)

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (11)

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

Apr 7, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 31, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 16, 2006 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

A beautiful, complex work that challenges viewers to mentally sift interior and exterior journeys.

Mar 16, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

Mar 16, 2006 | Full Review…
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Denis composes a majestic dream book of shots and sequences.

Feb 3, 2006 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [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]

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

The Intruder (L'Intrus) Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features