The Visitor (2007)

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In Connecticut, lonely widowed Professor Walter Vale has a boring life. He teaches only one class at the local college and is trying to learn how to play the piano, despite not having the necessary musical talent. Walter is assigned to attend a conference about Global Policy and Development at New York University, where he is to give a lecture about a paper on which he is co-author. When he arrives at his apartment in New York, he finds Tarek Khalil, a Syrian musician, and Zainab, a Senegalese street vendor, living there. He sympathizes with the situation of the illegal immigrants and invites the couple to stay with him. Tarek invites him to go to his gig at Jules Live Jazz. Walter is fascinated with his African drum and Tarek offers to teach Walter to play the drum. However, after an incident in the subway, Tarek is arrested by the police and sent to a detention center for illegal immigrants. Walter has just hired a lawyer to defend Tarek when, out of the blue, Tarek's mother Mouna ...
Richard Jenkins as Prof. Walter Vale
Haaz Sleiman as Tarek Khalil
Danai Jekesai Gurira as Zainab
Hiam Abbass as Mouna Khalil
Marian Seldes as Barbara
Maggie Moore as Karen
Michael Cumpsty as Charles
Bill McHenry as Darin
Richard Kind as Jacob
Tzahi Moskovitz as Zev
Amir Arison as Mr. Shah
Neal Lerner as Martin Revere
Ramon Fernandez as Cop #1
Frank Pando as Cop #2
Waleed Zuaiter as Omar
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Quiet, original, tender, moving. The Visitor takes its time to make you care about Walter Vale and the empty life he leads. Richard Jenkins delivers a masterful portrayal of a college professor who has had all the passion rung out of his life. A strange turn of events introduces him to two illegal immigrants who are mysteriously renting his apartment in NYC. The surprising relationship he develops with this Syrian drummer begins to give him a reason to wake up and see what his life has become until his new friend is imprisoned and awaits deportation. Both director/writer McCarthy and Jenkins expertly avoid the obvious and risk underplaying rather than overplaying the vignettes within the movie. What results is a genuine opportunity to be inspired by how relationships can drop you into deep despair, but also reveal hidden reservoirs of compassion. The Visitor is closer to LIFE than HOLLYWOOD. If you prefer cookie-cutter storytelling, you might just miss the magic in this special gem.


I liked this movie very much Such a reflection of so many American men who have been taught to keep their emotions inside and to comply with what is expected, and not necessarily doing what their heart wants them to do. Very well acted, I found all the characters believable and well suited for their parts. Very nicely told story and it was so heart warming to see the main character finally open up his soul and try what he really wanted to do. We could all learn from this movie.


Worth the price of a ticket! Interesting journey...mixture of tempo and heart warming story lines that weave into an exploration of immigrants rights. Richard Jenkins, as Walter Vale, is a disillusioned professor who has disconnected from his soul. He slowly reconnects to a joy that he hasn?t known since the loss of his wifeand re-discovers life from a dimension he has never known. Accept the slow pace...and don't drink caffine prior to viewing.


Great movie was well filmed and had a message in regards to how our American Imigration system is broken. This is am insight to what immigrants go through while trying to make a decent life here in the great USA.


Every American should be required to see this movie. Really amazing story. It is a slow-moving film, but the story is wonderful and gut-wrenching at the same time. Really makes you look in the mirror and ask yourself, "is this what America has become?" It is sort of pathetic to see that not many folks are going to this film - and to see what films make the top 10. Figures.

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