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L'intrus
     

L'intrus

Director: Claire Denis, Michel Subor, Grégoire Colin, Katya Golubeva

Cast: Claire Denis, Michel Subor, Grégoire Colin, Katya Golubeva

 
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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Perhaps no other filmmaker shoots human physiognomy with the intimate intensity of Claire Denis. Her work is filled with passionate, deceptively haphazard-seeming appraisals of bare flesh, fervent glances, and rasping breath. In L'Intrus, she enlists the aid again of superb cinematographer Agnès Godard, who gets in close to the actors, particularly Michel Subor and his unsettling icy stare. While the baffling narrative seems to take place within Louis' (Subor) head, and in his failing heart, Denis turns it into a dystopic travelogue, wherein Louis, an unappointed defender of the French border, who has shut down his own emotional borders, finds himself a foreigner, first in Pusan and then in Tahiti. A few things seem clear. He's an older man with a heart condition who uses a nefarious international black market to save himself, and neglects one family in a vain quest for another. Beyond that, there are Denis' images and the fascinating faces of her actors -- Subor, Grégoire Colin, Katya Golubeva, and the startling Béatrice Dalle. There are moments of humor, as when Tahitian locals hold an impromptu casting session in a generous effort to fulfill Louis' patriarchal wishes, and moments of disturbing violence. There's an underlying emotional truth in the movie's well-earned sense of loss. That's plenty, but it won't be enough for some. Denis keeps us scratching our heads for a long time, the film bogs down during the long wait in Tahiti, and there's an inexplicable dogsled coda that seems capricious enough to frustrate even the most patient viewers. L'Intrus is a strange and beautiful work, but it doesn't quite cohere.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/2006
UPC:
0720917548722
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Lorber
Time:
2:10:00

Special Features

16x9 2.35.1 presentation; Stereo; Interview with Claire Denis; Filmographies; Trailer gallery; Optional English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michel Subor Louis Trebor
Grégoire Colin Sidney
Katya Golubeva Actor
Karin Bambourough Actor
Florence Loiret-Caille Actor
Lolita Chammah Actor
Béatrice Dalle Actor
Alex Descas Actor
Kim Dong-ho Actor
Chang Se-tak Actor
Park Hong-suk Actor
Edwin Alin Actor
Henri tetu Tetainanuarii Actor
Jean-Marc Teriipaia Actor
Anna Tetuaveroa Actor

Technical Credits
Claire Denis Director,Screenwriter
Jean-Paul Allegre Asst. Director
Humbert Balsan Producer
Arnaud de Moleron Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Jean-Pol Fargeau Screenwriter
Agnès Godard Cinematographer
Dominique Hennequin Sound Mixer
Nelly Quettier Editor
Judy Shrewsbury Costumes/Costume Designer
S.A. Staples Score Composer
Jean-Louis Ughetto Sound/Sound Designer
Christophe Winding Sound Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Intruder
1. Anything to Declare? [9:30]
2. Simple Life of Louis [15:26]
3. Emergency Solution [8:09]
4. Au Revoir, Mes Chiens [9:26]
5. I Want a Man's Heart [8:23]
6. Sacrifices [:48]
7. Scope the Boat [9:34]
8. Beloved Son [11:41]
9. Tahiti Uneasy [6:58]
10. Walk Down Memory Beach [7:30]
11. Preparations [14:38]
12. Credits [20:29]

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