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Intrusions

After successfully portraying the perverse literary ambitions of several wannabe writers in "Poison Friends," writer-helmer Emmanuel Bourdieu takes a stab at intellectualizing a B-grade family revenge tale in the French thriller "Intrusions."

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With: Natacha Regnier, Denis Podalydes, Amira Casar, Jacques Weber, Eric Elmosnino, Francoise Gillard, Francis Leplay.

After successfully portraying the perverse literary ambitions of several wannabe writers in “Poison Friends,” writer-helmer Emmanuel Bourdieu takes a stab at intellectualizing a B-grade family revenge tale in the French thriller “Intrusions.” Unfortunately, the deft characterization and brainy dialogue that marked the director’s previous films, including his multiple collaborations with Arnaud Desplechin, are missing from this patchwork of drawing-room double-crosses, which plays out like a contempo Marivaux farce taken way too seriously. Limited local release should draw minimal B.O., but the strong cast may help pic encroach upon fest and arthouse territory.

Frosty blonde heiress Pauline (Natacha Regnier) is such a daddy’s girl that, when she’s knocked up by one of his accountants (Eric Elmosnino), her dad blackmails him into a forced marriage. When unhappy hubby runs for the hills, a laconic drifter (Denis Podalydes) connives his way into Pauline’s mansion and begins his own confusing payback scheme, corrupting her perky maid (Amira Casar) and drinking up all the expensive scotch. Talented thesping adds some dimension to the one-sided, rather hateful characters, but they don’t seem to merit the energy employed by the script’s twisting narrative. Tech package is TV-friendly.

Intrusions

France

Production: A Rezo Films release of an Arcapix, PVP Movies, Les Prods. du Tresor production, in association with Soficinema 3, Cinemage 2, with participation of Canal Plus, CineCinema, TPS Star, Rezo Films. (International sales: Rezo, Paris.) Produced by Gilles-Marie Tine. Directed by Emmanuel Bourdieu. Screenplay, Bourdieu, Marcia Romano.

Crew: Camera (color), Thomas Bataille; editor, Benoit Quinon; music, Gregoire Hetzel; production designer, Nicolas de Boiscuille; costume designer, Joana Georges Rossi. Reviewed at La Bastille 1, Paris, Sept. 4, 2008. Running time: 92 MIN.

With: With: Natacha Regnier, Denis Podalydes, Amira Casar, Jacques Weber, Eric Elmosnino, Francoise Gillard, Francis Leplay.

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