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The Intruder (2004)

L'intrus (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 4 May 2005 (France)
An emotionally cold man leaves the safety of his Alpine home to seek a heart transplant and an estranged son.


Claire Denis
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Cast overview:
Michel Subor ... Louis Trebor
Grégoire Colin ... Sidney
Yekaterina Golubeva ... La jeune femme russe (as Katia Golubeva)
Bambou Bambou ... La pharmacienne
Florence Loiret Caille ... Antoinette (as Florence Loiret-Caille)
Lolita Chammah ... La sauvageonne
Alex Descas ... Le prêtre
Dong-ho Kim Dong-ho Kim ... Le propriétaire du bateau
Se-tak Chang Se-tak Chang ... L'associé du propriétaire du bateau
Hong-suk Park Hong-suk Park ... L'homme du marché aux poissons
Edwin Alin Edwin Alin ... Le patron de la quincaillerie
Henri Tetainanuarii Henri Tetainanuarii ... Henri
Jean-Marc Teriipaia Jean-Marc Teriipaia ... Tony
Anna Tetuaveroa Anna Tetuaveroa ... La mère
Béatrice Dalle ... La reine de l'hémisphère nord


Louis Trebor, a man nearing 70, lives alone with dogs in the forest near the French-Swiss border. He has heart problems, seeks a transplant, and then goes in search of a son sired years before in Tahiti. Told elliptically, with few words, we see Louis as possibly heartless, ignoring a son who lives nearby who is himself an attentive father to two young children, one named for Louis. He leaves his bed one night - and his lover - to kill an intruder; he dreams, usually of violence. Will his body accept his heart? Will his son accept his offer? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Others in the fragile Self
18 January 2009 | by icivoripmavSee all my reviews

First of all, I liked very much the central idea of locating the '' intruders'', Others in the fragile Self, on various levels - mainly subconscious but sometimes more allegorical. In fact the intruders are omnipresent throughout the film : in the Swiss-French border where the pretagonist leads secluded life; in the his recurring daydream and nightmare; inside his ailing body after heart transplantation.... In the last half of the film, he becomes intruder himself, returning in ancient french colony in the hope of atoning for the past.

The overall tone is bitter rather than pathetic, full of regrets and guilts, sense of failure being more or less dominant. This is a quite grim picture of an old age, ostensibly self-dependent but hopelessly void and lonely inside. The directer composes the images more to convey passing sensations of anxiety and desire than any explicit meanings. Some of them are mesmerizing, not devoid of humor though, kind of absurdist play only somnambulist can visualize.

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Release Date:

4 May 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El intruso See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,527, 25 December 2005

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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