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Visitor [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Richard Jenkins , Haaz Sleiman , Thomas McCarthy    DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira, Hiam Abbass, Marian Seldes
  • Directors: Thomas McCarthy
  • Writers: Thomas McCarthy
  • Producers: Bergen Swanson, Chris Salvaterra, Jeff Skoll, John Woldenberg, Mary Jane Skalski
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Oct 2008
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015OKWKI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,295 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bitter sweet drama... 28 Mar 2009
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
4.0 out of 5 stars quietly captivating 11 Jun 2009
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Out Of Left Field 13 Mar 2011
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality lead performance 1 April 2009
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
5.0 out of 5 stars mesmerising 17 Sep 2010
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
5.0 out of 5 stars the visitor 29 Aug 2009
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant 22 April 2009
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story and characters 8 Mar 2009
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended by a friend
The Visitor was recommended to us y a friend and the pleasant nature of the film did not disappoint at all
Published 8 months ago by oddproperty
5.0 out of 5 stars Five years old but still very relevant
A amusing, moving but disturbing film about an elderly man whose views on life are challenged by a young man with a passion for life and music
Published 9 months ago by Derek N Winfield
3.0 out of 5 stars Poignant but slow
It was quite poignant and some people like these sort of films I know. It was, however, a little slow for my taste. I really want to be entertained when I watch a film.
Published 19 months ago by booksconnect
4.0 out of 5 stars The Visitor
I liked the film. Not a very usual theme, but an important one. Good actors and lovely that the was so little violence and shooting. I so detest all the car chases. Read more
Published 19 months ago by acg
5.0 out of 5 stars From the Station Agent too..
I bought this an age ago, I love the Station Agent, the interaction of real people in real situations, Walter is a character of multiple layers, those who dismiss the film or want... Read more
Published on 14 July 2012 by Mr. D. G. M. Cowper
4.0 out of 5 stars A visit to remember
Richard jennkins has been in lots of co starring roles (Let me in, Step brothers and Burn after reading) and finally he stands alone wolf in the vistor. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2012 by miss kitty
4.0 out of 5 stars The Visitor
Not a fast paced, a fim with a story, l love drumming and thats what originally drew me to it. There is not a lot of drumming but the viewer gets the idea and community and fun. Read more
Published on 9 Dec 2011 by Kevin M. Murtagh
1.0 out of 5 stars Such bad marketing. I feel lied to
I was so looking forward to this movie. I read a review and it said something about a guy coming home and finding aliens living in his flat, being called the Visitor I was... Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2011 by Asbo
5.0 out of 5 stars The Visitor - Superbly written, cast and acted!
It's been a long time since I've found a drama so engaging. The cold secretive inhuman system of the US immigration & deportation system contrasts greatly with the humanity shown... Read more
Published on 8 July 2010 by Allan M. Gilmour
4.0 out of 5 stars A superb character driven drama.
College professor of economics Walter is a stern, single minded and often inflexible widower living in a Connecticut suburb, who after the loss of his musician wife is struggling... Read more
Published on 4 July 2010 by Ernie
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