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3.5
292 Ratings

The Invader

L'envahisseur

Directed by Nicolas Provost
Belgium, 2011
Drama

Synopsis

Amadou, a charismatic African man, is washed up on a beach in southern Europe. Fate leads him to Brussels where, full of optimism, he tries to make a better life for himself. Exploited by traffickers, his daily life is slowly drained of hope, until he meets a beautiful, smart businesswoman.

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The Invader Directed by Nicolas Provost

What are people saying?

  • msmichel's rating of the film The Invader

    A harrowing performance of false hope and eventual despair is given by Isaka Sawadogo (Diego Star) in this sole feature film, to date, from acclaimed short film maker Nicolas Provost. From its' startling opening throughout there is an air of both danger and suspense that can be quite oft putting at times. Well scripted by the director along with Francois Pirot and Giordano Gederlini. Stefania Rocca also impresses.

  • El Biffo's rating of the film The Invader

    Visually arresting, and disturbing on a number of levels, L'ENVAHISSEUR paints a dismal view of humanity - cold, egotistical, merciless and confused.

  • MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film The Invader

    Ah, The Other as seen by a former colonial power. PS The opening scene is simply outstanding. Provost made an installation aptly titled "The Origin of the World and The Invader".

  • nkoskoros's rating of the film The Invader

    An impressive first feature, Provost's cannily disturbing view into modern-day Northern European xenophobia and immigration gets under your skin and stays there. The impasse in which the protagonist finds himself is mirrored by the inconclusive ending into the viewer's release from the story. Very much reminiscent, visually and narrative-wise, of Denis Vileneuve's pre-'Sicario' work. A film worthy of the big screen.

  • panagiotatos's rating of the film The Invader

    7/10, the beginning is powerful, but as the time goes by the protagonist's intentions become more obscure and finally its symbolism about race, sex, gender, civilization and refuges becomes thinner. Nevertheless the movie is visually aesthetic, its minimalistic music full of ambiguity and Sawadogo's performance top notch.

  • Renton47's rating of the film The Invader

    Swiftly moving from dreamlike ambience to social realism, 'The Invader' first reminded me of Claire Denis and her preoccupation with African bodies in urban landscapes. Similarly her films are not averse to segue into violence, though here that shift occurs more uncomfortably. Is the film subversive or sincere in its portrait of invader as threat? Even if that threat is socially-actualised, its's worrying. Provoking.

  • diomède's rating of the film The Invader

    For weeks I have been at pains to find a single word potent enough to drive back this film back into the gutter of filth and slime. I give up. It's utterly offensive to activists working for migrant rights, to solidarity groups in Belgium, to West African migrants looking out for each other. There is a glib attempt at narrative, and a heavy dose of visual pirouettes to make up for the gaps in this sleazy story. BS.

  • Marco Bevilacqua's rating of the film The Invader

    If we see it as a commercial film it is really interesting. It has a topical theme, explained in a deeper manner, and with a traditional language used today in commercial spy-films, we are involved in a story that is at least sensitive and human. The negative thing is that in some scenes I can feel too much fiction rather than reality. I also don't like the excessive negative character given to the black actor.