- The Visitor (2008 film)
director= Thomas McCarthy
Mary Jane Skalski
Richard Jenkins Haaz Sleiman
Danai Jekesai Gurira
music=Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
K5 International Overture Films
April 11, 2008
"The Visitor" is a 2008
dramafilm starring Richard Jenkins. It was written and directed by Thomas McCarthy, who is known for his directorial debut " The Station Agent". Jenkins plays Walter Vale, a Connecticut Collegeeconomics professor who befriends a young couple who have been squattingin his New York Cityapartment. Vale visits New York City infrequently, and is in town for an academic conference. The young unmarried couple, Tarek, a Syrian djembeplayer, and Zainab, a Senegalese jewelry-maker, are both illegal immigrants. Vale's depressionis somewhat lifted by Tarek's drum lessons. After Tarek is arrested at a subway station by the police, he is transferred to a detention center for illegal immigrants. Vale attempts to prevent the young musician's deportationfrom the United States, paying for an immigration lawyer. Tarek's mother Mouna, whose journalist husband died following a lengthy politically-motivated imprisonment in Syria, arrives from her home in Michigan, and ends up also staying in Vale's apartment. Mouna, also in the States illegally, and Vale develop a friendship, which is abruptly terminated when Tarek is summarily deported.
Richard Jenkinsas Walter Vale.
Haaz Sleimanas Tarek.
*Danai Jekesai Gurira as Zainab.
Hiam Abbassas Mouna, Tarek's mother.
Richard Kindas Jamie, Walter's neighbour in his New York City apartment building.
Deborah Rushas herself, in a small cameo purchasing jewellery from Zainab.
Critics gave "The Visitor" enthusiastic reviews. As of
October 10, 2008, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoesreported that 93% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 95 reviews. [cite web|url=http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10008820-visitor/ |title=The Visitor Movie Reviews, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes |accessdate=2008-04-11 |publisher= Rotten Tomatoes] Metacriticreported the film had an average score of 79 out of 100, based on 29 reviews. [cite web|url=http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/visitor2007 |title=Visitor, The (2008): Reviews |accessdate=2008-04-11 |publisher= Metacritic] Roger Ebertgave the film 3 1/2 stars out of 4 calling it "a wonderful film, sad, angry, and without a comforting little happy ending". [cite web|url=http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080717/REVIEWS/870623841 |title=The Visitor :: rogerebert.com :: Reviews |accessdate=2008-07-17 |publisher= Sun-Times] The movie was perceived by some to be controversial due to its opposition to the immediate deportation of illegal immigrants. It revealed several truths about how immigrants, especially from The Middle Eastare treated in holding facilities, as well as how unfairly it is decided who is deported, and when.
* [http://www.thevisitorfilm.com/ Official site]
* [http://www.takepart.com/thevisitor TakePart.com]
* [http://www.k5international.com/current-films/the-visitor K5 International]
*imdb title|id=0857191|title=The Visitor
*metacritic film|id=visitor2007|title=The Visitor
*mojo title|id=visitor08|title=The Visitor
*amg movie|id=1:360770|title=The Visitor
* [http://www.eyeforfilm.co.uk/feature.php?id=542 EyeForFilm.co.uk] Interview with Tom McCarthy, Hiam Abbass and Richard Jenkins about The Visitor
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