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The Visitor (2008)

The Visitor

Overview


Genre

Comedy, Drama

Release Date

April 18, 2008 (Wide)

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Duration

108 min.

Studio

Overture Films

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  3 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Thomas McCarthy

Producer

Michael London, Mary Jane Skalski, Jeff Skoll

Screenwriter

Thomas McCarthy

Starring

  • Richard Jenkins as Prof. Walter Vale
  • Haaz Sleiman as Tarek Khalil
  • Hiam Abbass
  • Danai Jekesai Gurira
  • Marian Seldes
  • Maggie Moore
  • Michael Cumpsty
  • Bill McHenry

Story


In a world of six billion people, it only takes one to change your life. Sixty-two-year-old Walter Vale (Richard 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), a Syrian man, and Zainab (Danai Jekesai Gurira), his Senegalese girlfriend, 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. Touched by his kindness, Tarek, a talented musician, insists on teaching the aging academic to play the African drum. The instrument's exuberant rhythms revitalize Walter's faltering spirit and open his eyes to a vibrant world of local jazz clubs and Central Park drum circles. As the friendship between the two men deepens, the differences in culture, age and temperament fall away. After being stopped by police in the subway, Tarek is arrested as an undocumented citizen and held for deportation. As his situation turns desperate, Walter finds himself compelled to help his new friend with a passion he thought he had long ago lost. When Tarek's beautiful mother Mouna (Hiam Abbass) arrives unexpectedly in search of her son, the professor's personal commitment develops into an unlikely romance. And it's through these new found connections with these virtual strangers that Walter is awakened to a new world and a new life.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..paranoid, heartbroken, disillusioned..”
by Wesley Morris [Boston Globe]
“..one of the year's most intriguing dramas..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
“..beautifully shot and acted follow-up..”
by Lou Lumenick [New York Post]