Directed by Claire Denis, starring Michel Subor, Grégoire Colin, Katia Golubeva, Alex Descas and Béatrice Dalle.
'The Intruder' fades between dreams and reality as we follow the journey of Louis Trebor (Subor) from his home in France to Tahiti via South Korea – a journey on which he experiences a heart transplant and seeks to reconcile his relationship with his illegitimate son (Colin).
Do not, for one second, expect a run-of-the-mill plot with heroes and villains. Director Claire Denis has given us a deeply reflective film that explores the departure of Trebor from his life in France as he invests everything he has in a new life.
To go through the plot would be pointless and take hours as the movie focuses on the emotions and reflections of Trebor using an abundance of symbolism and imagery.
The distinction between what is real and what is a dream is very unclear throughout the movie. This is due to the fact that most of the scenes are divided by imagery and symbols. Examples of these include Béatrice Dalle driving a team of husky dogs, an illegal immigrant being murdered and scenes of coffins and gravediggers.
This can be quite confusing, as the plot seems to play a small role. Thus Denis has the audience deep in thought for the duration. Further confusion may reign as parts of the plot are shown in reverse chronology, such as the process of Trebor purchasing a black market heart transplant in Pusan.
Denis has based the movie loosely on the book of the same name by Jean-Luc Nancy, an account of his own experiences while undergoing a heart transplant. Overall, it offers an excellent insight into the emotional turmoil that Trebor is going through at this time in his life.
If you're a fan of Denis or contemporary French film this is a joy to behold. It's not the movie for those who are seeking simple entertainment.