L'intrus

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 ...
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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.
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Special Features

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

  • Release Date: 4/25/2006
  • UPC: 720917548722
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Lorber
  • Presentation: Subtitled
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 2:10:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 29,839

Cast & Crew

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

Disc #1 -- The Intruder
   Play Feature
   Scene Selection
   Subtitles
      English: On
      English: Off
   Special Features
      Interview With Claire Denis
      Filmographies
         Claire Denis- Director
         Michel Subor
         Grégoire Colin
         Katia Golubeva
         Béatrice Dalle
      Original Theatrical Trailer
      Trailer Gallery
         Dear Wendy
         Happy Hour
         Nobody's Life
         Reel Paradise
         Hard Pill
         Play All
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