A wounded soldier’s wife begins the long road to recovery after her husband is released into her care. But the strange noises next door may bring a more immediate struggle.
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The mind is a mystery. What are we truly capable of? “Intruder” began with that question.
The film started to take shape for me after hearing a broadcast on NPR about the high suicide rate of soldiers returning from war. So many of them were coming home with PTSD and finding it hard to readjust to civilian life. On that program, a veteran’s counselor connected the high rate of suicides to the fact that they were trained not to fear death. The mind’s self-defense mechanism was overridden, allowing them to carry out the act.
The story stuck with me.
It began evoking thoughts and images of a struggling family. A war veteran sitting in a wheelchair with a bandaged head. He suffers from a severe brain injury – he doesn’t speak, his mind has gone somewhere else. He is a mystery. A wife, whose strong exterior thinly masks the cracks beneath. And a daughter wondering when her real dad is coming home. I lived with that family for a while. And as they became more clear in my mind, so did the film.
In the end, I wanted to create a thought-provoking picture, bringing up questions about war veterans and their families, about the struggles of a debilitating injury, and about the mystery of the mind – what are we truly capable of?