The Intruder details
|Starring:||Grégoire Colin, Michel Subor, Yekaterina Golubeva, Gregoire Colin|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Run time:||2 hours 1 minute|
|Rental release:||05 Dec 2005|
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Poetic film but needs repeated viewingsBy Tim from London , 20 Dec 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]This is a free wheeling film which rejects conventional approaches to narrative and character. I watched the DVD twice and am still not entirely clear about the story - basically it is built around an older man who lives an isolated and detached existence in the mountains with his 2 dogs. He appears to have dodgy connections (mainly through a Russian woman), he also kills an man who enters his home at night and has a son who lives nearby but has little contact with him. After suffering a heart attack he arranges for a heart transplant before heading to Polynesia in search of a son he had there years before. However to focus on the narrative would miss the point of what is a brilliant film. Infact it is not entirely clear if many of the scenes in the film are reality or dream sequences - for example the final shot of Beatrice Dalle riding through the snow or the final scenes when the European son re enters the film. Infact many scenes in the film appear 'dreamlike' (especially the scenes set in Europe). Brilliantly acted by Michel Subor (who was also in Beau Travail and the Intruder also includes flashbacks to previous films). Fantastic score as well, which underlines the bleakness of both the settings and Michel Subor's character. Recommended to those who enjoy elusive and disconnected art.
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its all heart mabyeBy ggggrrrrrrrrr (3 reviews) , 22 Jan 2013fantastic nice to use my brain for a change amazing locations enigmatic plot its all heart or mabye and a mesmerising soundtrack and beatrice dalle what more do you want!
Straight forwardBy BandofOutsiders (6 reviews) from Caerphilly , 27 May 2011Claire Denis invents the 21st Century - the way cinema will move forward (as more 'super-coherent' than 'coherent') - as D.W. Griffith did with the 20th, making it the 19th Century artform that used reality as a metaphor for reality. THE INTRUDER is Denis' best film, and the best film of the 2000s.
May little you a confuse...dogs!By daylightsimulator (52 reviews) from london , 19 Mar 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]'The Intruder' has more in common with a Tarkovsky film. It's elliptical, abstract and makes no concessions to conventional narrative or character development.
In one sense about an ageing, reclusive, violent man with a dodgy past and a dodgier heart, it intersperses scenes that seem to be from an entirely different film (and, I think, in one case, actually are). The man leaves his dogs and home in a French forest and travels to various parts of the world for 1) a heart transplant, 2) to buy a boat, 3) to find a son he appears to have had with a woman in Tahiti, 4) to do other things that are entirely unrelated to 1,2 and 3.
Randomly interspersed are the following. Men in combat gear hunting in the forest for an undisclosed quarry. A vagrant woman having a bath in the man's abandoned house. Lots of shots of dogs eating unpleasant looking lumps of meat.
Our man also buys an expensive watch. And gets drunk. And has a massage from a blind woman. In other scenes, Beatrice Dalle breeds huskies and appears in a bra that's too small. There's an ominous message in Russian on a computer screen. A composition of a apocalyptic sky over an tropical ocean is held for some minutes. On the soundtrack, Tindersticks' Stuart Staples makes threatening noises with what sounds like a saw and a mallet.
'She's Just Not That Into You', this ain't!
Best to keep your eyes and mind open and just go with it. By no means Clare Denis' best film, but someone's got to knock this kind of stuff out and she's probably better at it than most.
Losing the PlotBy Qvandy (23 reviews) from Manchester , 02 Jan 2011As you try and follow this film looking for any possible artistry and meanings, and working very hard at it, you slowly begin to lose the plot and your interest fades into nothingness without conclusions. However it did stop me getting up to mischief one evening.
tangential and unengagingBy a customer from UK , 15 Nov 2009Random snapshots challenge the viewer to reconstruct the narrative they were taken from. After forty minutes the film had entirely failed to engage my interest and I switched it off. I just didn't care who the hell the guy in the woods was or what he was up to. A great disappointment after the sublime Beau Travail.
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