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The Intruder (L’intrus)

Directed by Claire Denis

Part of Claire Denis: Unpredictable Universe

This elliptical and visually poetic film “transcends words and stories, [as] a movie to be felt rather than rationalized” (L.A. Weekly). It traverses the French Alps to Geneva and roams from South Korea to Tahiti, bringing to light mysteries at the edge of our consciousness and the interiors of our hearts. Inspired by Jean-Luc Nancy’s autobiographical essay, The Intruder delves into the abstractions of an aging man’s heart transplant and his futile search for a connection to the physical world in the form of his estranged son. In French with English subtitles. 2004, new 35mm print, 140 minutes.


This program is made possible by generous support from Regis Foundation.

Additional support provided by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Institut Français, Unifrance, and the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago.