Claire Denis

France 130 min Fiction


Louis, 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. Will his body accept his heart? Will his son accept his offer?


Claire Denis

Claire Denis was born in Paris in 1948, and raised in colonial Africa. She  initially studied economics, but then she went to the IDHEC, the French film school. After working as assistant to Jacques Rivette, Jim Jarmusch and Wim Wenders, she makes her debut in a feature film with Chocolat (1988).

Filmography: Aller au diable (2011), Una mujer en África (White Material) (2009), 35 Rhums (2008), Vers Mathilde (2005), L'intrus (2004), Vendredi Soir (2002), Trouble Every Day (2001), Beau Travail (1999), Nenétte et Boni (1996), J'ai pas sommeil (1994), Jacques Rivette, le veilleur (1990), S'en fout la mort (1990), Chocolat (1988)

Claire Denis

Film information

Int. title: The Intruder
Director: Claire Denis
Script: Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau
Contact: Pyramide International
With: Michel Subor, Béatrice Dalle, Grégoire Colin, Katia Golubeva, Bambou, Florence Loiret, Lolita Chammah, Alex Descas
Country: France
Year: 2004
Format: 35 mm
Length: 130 min
Language: French
Subtitles: Catalan/English
Edition: 2012