DIRECTOR: CLAIRE DENIS
CAST: MICHEL SUBOR, KATIA GOLUBEVA, ALEX DESCAS, GRéGOIRE COLIN, BéATRICE DALLE
Q&A with Claire Denis
In what is among Denis’ most ambitious, complicated, and exhilaratingly daring films, we chart an itinerary traveling from the snowy Alps to Korea to Tahiti, following old mercenary Michel Subor (Le Petit Soldat, Beau Travail) in search of both a heart transplant and the estranged son (Denis regular Grégoire Colin) who he hasn’t seen in years. Featuring visceral camerawork, a backstory supplied by snippets from Paul Gegauff’s 1965 Subor-starring film Le Reflux, and a lot of feral dogs, L’Intrus (The Intruder) is as easy to feel as it is impossible to resolve, pushing Denis’s elliptical style to the extreme and transforming the logic and laws of narrative in the process of adapting an unadaptable essay by philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy.
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