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The Invader (2011)

L'envahisseur (original title)
The struggles of illegal African immigrant Amadou in search for a better life in Brussels.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Issaka Sawadogo ...
Amadou / Obama (as Isaka Sawadogo)
Agnès de Yael
Serge Riaboukine ...
Jean-Pierre, le passeur
Dieudonné Kabongo ...
Dr. Charles de Yael
Tibo Vandenborre ...
Ken Kelountang Ndiaye ...
Sioka (as Ken N'Diaye)
Bernard Van Vooren ...
Le clochard
Jean-Louis Froment ...
L'homme qui achète le bois
Laurence César ...
Caissière épicerie
Katsuko Nakamura ...
L'amie d'Omar
Toni d'Antonio ...
Le taxi
James Kazama ...
Liong Bing
Hannelore Knuts ...
La naturiste


The struggles of illegal African immigrant Amadou in search for a better life in Brussels.

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Intense movie
3 February 2012 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

I agree, "The Invader", had such a sophisticated beginning, I just would like to add that the first shot actually is not a mere provocation, but it is actually a pictorial quotation, which is echoing French realist painter Gustave Courbet's "L'Origine du monde", the origin of the world, in detail (I leave the implication open for interpretation).

The starting scene showing the African refugees, struggling for their lives when they are being washed ashore on the relaxed European nudist beach, while they are exposed to the strangely intense and almost devouring observation of one female nudist, is so ambiguous and meaningful, anticipating what is going to happen later in the movie: some people struggle for a decent existence, while they are being exploited by those who have it all.

What was really striking and interesting was how the angle of the movie seemed to change several times, eventually choosing to show a somewhat peculiar but also refreshingly new aspect of the refugee subject matter, which in a way makes it hard to label the movie - an interesting aspect in itself.

The last scene was almost as tricky as the first one and leaves the movie open to several interesting interpretations.

Warmly recommended!

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