The Intruder (L'Intrus)
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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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"While it may take a few viewings to sort the details out, much about L'Intrus lingers, shimmering quietly in the memory."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"A beautiful, complex work that challenges viewers to mentally sift interior and exterior journeys."
‑ Jay Weissberg, Variety
"Denis is one of cinema's greatest narrative poets, and The Intruder, the story of an adventurer, is her most adventurous cinematic poem."
‑ Amy Taubin, Film Comment Magazine
"It's one of those films where it's best to go with its maddening elegiac but elusive flow and let whatever comes to you be enough."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Using very little dialogue, [Denis] focuses on casting a lingering, physically enticing spell."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"An interior epic with epic exteriors, a film with very little dialogue, where the pictures (photographed by the great Agnès Godard), actors and the juxtaposition of both tell the story."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"Denis' film -- which may be her most intricately constructed and intensely beautiful to date -- is one that transcends words and stories, a movie to be felt rather than rationalized."
‑ , L.A. Weekly
"A film that's so recondite, it's barely there."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"... the emotions and wishes and fears of the human animal thrown large on the screen in primal, lush images."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Visually ravishing and all-but-impenetrable."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
"Never has Denis demanded so much from audiences as with this shimmering enigma, at once intimate and epic, but it's worth the effort and then some."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Denis composes a majestic dream book of shots and sequences."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"yet another meandering piece of existentialism, signifying nothing except for what you're willing to project onto it."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"This is self-consciously intricate, but even if the storyline occasionally confuses, it's impossible not to admire Agnès Godard's glorious photography and the atmospheric soundtrack."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"...an aesthetic mystery that requires at least two viewings to fully figure out. Luckily, the film is fun along the way."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
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