The Visitor

The Visitor

The Visitor

From the writer/director of 2003's The Station Agent. Economics professor Walter Vale (the fantastic Richard Jenkins) is the shy, disillusioned male at the centre of Thomas McCarthy's ensemble piece, who returns to his New York apartment after a long absence to find it occupied by a couple of illegal immigrants. Convivial Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) is a talented drummer who encourages Walter out of his protective shell, while his prickly girlfriend Zainab (Danai Gurira) carries the burden of their perilous citizenship status.

2008Rating: M, contains offensive language106 minsUSA
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Flicks, Andreas Heinemann

Flicks, Andreas Heinemann

Widowed college professor Walter Vale leads an aimless, unsatisfied life until he becomes embroiled in the lives of an immigrant couple living in New York City. They fill his life with renewed energy and purpose, largely through music, before an encounter with post 9/11 immigration policies intensifies the relationship and tests their newly forged connection.

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Village Voice

Village Voice

McCarthy unquestionably means well, but he's made one of those incredibly naïve movies that gives liberals a bad name, and which does more to regress the sociopolitical discourse than advance it.

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Variety

Variety

A combination immigrant/resurrection tale, Visitor tilts toward the soulful rather than the political, and could be this year's humanistic indie hit.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The curious thing about The Visitor is that even as it goes more or less where you think it will, it still manages to surprise you along the way.

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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

It works on several levels, and stands out as a wistful meditation on the psychological cost of 9/11.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

A heartfelt human drama that sneaks up and floors you.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A compelling and illuminating story of four people who form an unlikely and momentary friendship of considerable depth.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

The tension dips occasionally but stick with it and you'l be richly rewarded.

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