Intruder, The (2004)

French: L’Íntrus

One of the boldest filmmakers working today, French filmmaker Claire Denis continues to be daring, eschewing narrative and stylistic conventions in seeking a unique visual language to tell her idiosyncratic and riveting stories.

In “The Intruder,” conventional narrative has been replaced by an attempt to tell a story in purely visual and aural terms. The dialogue has been stripped down to bare essentials, while the images, which are sumptuous in CinemaScope color, shot by the gifted Agnès Godard, assumes a privileged position

The protagonist is a white-haired man named Louis (Michel Subor), who takes money out of a Swiss bank and goes to Asia. Slowly, the fragments of Denis’s deliberately complex narrative begin

to assume coherence, as we discover that Louis is trying to reconcile his past with his present

“The Intruder” played at the Toronto, Montréal and Venice Film Festivals.

Like other of Denis’ works, “The Intruder” consists of shards, pieces of a puzzling reality that Denis challenges her viewers to assemble and make sense of.

Running time: 123 Minutes