The Visitor 2007

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A poignant and often funny film about rediscovering joy in the most unexpected places, The Visitor boasts an international cast including Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Dabai Gurira and Haim Abbass. Sixty-two-year old Walter Vale (Jenkins) is sleepwalking through his life. Having lost his passion for teaching and writing, he fills the void by unsuccessfully trying to learn to play classical piano. When his college sends him to manhattan to attend a conference, Walter is surprised to find a young couple has taken up residence in his apartment. Victims of a real estate scam, Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) and Zainab (Danai Gurira) have nowhere else to go. In the first of a series of tests of the heart, Walter reluctantly allows the couple to stay with him, a decision which completely changes his life... Forever.

Starring:
Hiam Abbass, Amir Arison
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DVD

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 43 minutes
Starring Hiam Abbass, Amir Arison, Richard Jenkins, Maggie Moore, Laith Nakli, Haaz Sleiman
Director Thomas McCarthy
Genres Comedy, Drama
Studio HIGH FLIERS
Rental release 9 February 2009
Main languages English

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Miss K TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Mar 2009
Format: DVD
This is a film about a lonely, ineffectual man disconnected from the world. There are some very sweet funny moments that really make you smile and then some quite heartbreaking ones too. The story is definitely about a journey of self-discovery and though the film's ending seems inevitable, there are some lovely uplifting moments to be experienced in this intelligent and knowing drama.

Be aware that this is not a loud attention-seeking film filled with lots of action but it is highly effective in just being what it is. Fans of similar films, particularly 'HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG' but also films like 'Sleepwalking', 'Breaking and Entering' and 'Venus' are sure to like this! If you love quiet character-driven films that are culturally rich and deal with unlikely bonds between people, I highly recommend this for you!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jasmine Grant on 11 Jun 2009
Format: DVD
richard jenkins is brilliant in this role. Initially he comes across as a stilted almost mute individual, however as the film progresses you appreciate his gentle emotions. a lonely man who cares, but has had no reason or person to care for, he's pulled into the lives of 2 illegal immigrants. He finds himself drawn to their warm and vibrant attiude to life and soon discovers he doesn't want to let them go. this movie really expresses how culture, age, image and identity is realtively unimportant when people are in need whether because of homlessness or loneliness. we're all the same fundamentally and can create bonds with other humans. a wonderful movie, but needs the viewer to read between the lines.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Mar 2011
Format: DVD
The film is not at all what I expected; it is an American film on a difficult subject - immigration/assimilation- which avoids the usual cliches. Indeed, it owes more to French films I think. The hero is a middle-class professor who fulfils one of the key rules of French films - he is effectively free from financial or commercial concerns. His encounters with the world of Syrian and Senegalese immigrants, and his possible escape from the dead world that has surrounded him since his wife's death are cleverly done without the need for the Disney ending. The film has a few sideways glances at America's view of immigrants but without getting itself in a tizzy. The film is about individual reactions to individuals. Its ending is both believable and affecting without being saccarine. Excellent playing by everyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shuttergirl on 1 April 2009
Format: DVD
The Visitor tells the story of a gentle, middle-age college lecturer who leads a somewhat lonely and routine existence since the death of his wife.

His world is transformed after he discovers two illegal immigrants have been renting his flat (quite how this happens is left unanswered!). He is slowly drawn into their world, forming a deep friendship which upturns his life. One of the illegal immigrants is arrested - and... I won't reveal what happens as it's the main plot line.

This isn't really a plot driven movie, in the sense of action and depth of narrative. It's an actors', character movie. The film is mesmerizing because of the quality of the acting, especially from Ricard Jenkins who is truly beautiful in the role. His character is one of those quiet, bank manager types who never seem to engage with the world around them - which makes his performance so amazing, because you can't take your eyes off him. How someone can make so much out of such a seemingly introverted character with hidden depths, is a testament to his outstanding talent.

I didn't realize, when I saw this, that Jenkins had had an Oscar nomination for this role, and I was very relieved when I found out he had - it's restored my faith in the system.

A delightful film, well worth a watch if you like Indie or European films and something beyond the current Hollywood obsession with cardboard cut-out, but "oh, such a pretty face" acting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jo Parfitt on 17 Sep 2010
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A plot that keeps you guessing, this bittersweet and totally uncheesy film has fine acting. A thread of sadness runs through it, but so does another of joy. Of letting go and leaving comfort zones. The drumming is wonderful and inspiring. Loved it. And I'm picky when it comes to films.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By La Carolina on 29 Aug 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
When I left the cinema i was so impressed by this
film that i was almost run over by a car.
the theme of this film made me once again aware
of the true power of love..when it's not the
romantic love kind, but stems from the will to contact to an other
human being through the hart. I have ordered this
film with Amazon various times simply to give it
as a present and pass the message on.

caroline van wilgen, the netherlands
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Josette Valenti on 22 April 2009
Format: DVD
Moving, accurate, to the point, no pathos, no necessary happy ending; just the sheer reality supported by brilliant actors.
Some shots reminding me of Hopper's paintings.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By RavenLake on 8 Mar 2009
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A well-written story and interesting characters make this film entertaining. The style is restrained and thoughtful -- no big corny Hollywood endings. Instead, we get to "slip into the shoes" of real people in a believable, gut-wrenching story that for most of us is unfathomable.
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