The Intruder Review

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A mean old man has a heart transplant and goes on a journey seeking redemption - or does he? Never sure if it's dream or reality, something doesn't quite fit...


Inspired by Jean-Luc Nancy’s memoir and informed by the writing of Robert Louis Stevenson, Claire Denis’ latest treatise on identity, communication and the political, cultural and economic ramifications of colonialism is nigh-on inpenetrable. And therein lies its fascination, as viewers are forced to work out how much of mysterious sixtysomething Michel Subor’s escape from French mountain seclusion to Tahitian dystopia (via a heart transplant and a Korean ship) is dream, nightmare, premonition or cruel reality.

Moreover, where in this mirror-imaged world do his estranged son, Grégoire Colin, and black-marketeering Russian Katia Golubeva fit?

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.