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The Visitor (2007)

PG-13 | | Drama | 23 May 2008 (USA)
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A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.

Director:

Tom McCarthy

Writer:

Tom McCarthy
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 19 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Jenkins ... Walter
Haaz Sleiman ... Tarek
Danai Gurira ... Zainab
Hiam Abbass ... Mouna
Marian Seldes ... Barbara
Maggie Moore Maggie Moore ... Karen
Michael Cumpsty ... Charles
Bill McHenry Bill McHenry ... Darin
Richard Kind ... Jacob
Tzahi Moskovitz ... Zev
Amir Arison ... Mr. Shah
Neal Lerner ... Martin Revere
Ramon Fernandez ... Cop #1
Frank Pando ... Cop #2
Waleed Zuaiter ... Omar
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Storyline

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 ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Connection is everything See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Arabic | Romanian

Release Date:

23 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Visitante See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$86,488, 13 April 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,422,422, 5 October 2008
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to the DVD's interviews of both Tom McCarthy and Richard Jenkins, Walter's change of glasses scene (which reveals his change of feelings for Mouna) was Richard Jenkins's idea. See more »

Goofs

When the student comes to Walter's office to hand in his assignment, the first shot of the student standing in the doorway next to the bookshelves shows a book called "Numerical Recipes," which is a well-known text in computer science and, thus, rather out-of-place in Walter's office. Next to it are both editions of a distinctly esoteric book called "Applied Cryptography" which definitely do not belong. In all subsequent shots these books have been removed, suggesting a re-shoot of the first scene. See more »

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Zainab: [Walter panting] Are you okay?
Prof. Walter Vale: Yes, Tarek has been giving me drum lessons and I was just practising.
[Zainab moves accross the floor]
Prof. Walter Vale: Don't worry I'll keep my pants on.
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Baldwin's L2 grand piano See more »


Soundtracks

In Memory of the Dead
Written by Mohammad Naseehu Ali (ASCAP)
Performed by Bill McHenry, Nic Thys, Haaz Sleiman
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I don't mean to be the only voice of cynicism but . . .
29 May 2008 | by lustyvitaSee all my reviews

I loved THE STATION AGENT, I mean that is a fantastic, tight little movie. Thoughtful, paced well, bitter-sweet, colorful characters and a real story.

THE VISITOR was a movie I was prepared to love, but its not that great. In fact, I would venture to say its a little preachy. There are moments in which the characters are living the moment, and then they will break out some stale monologue that doesn't quite match the organic dialogue its spoiling.

Even though I am all for loosening immigration laws, and accepting interracial relationships, I just didn't feel like I needed the pan up to the American flag, or the 'How is this different than Syria' or the 'He didn't do anything wrong' Why Why Why Why Why . . . we got it covered, oh-the-injustice. Do we have to continually remind the audiences that our country is flawed and xenophobic? I noticed a similar heavy-handedness in STOP-LOSS with an equally talented director. I have concluded that good filmmakers should not tell stories when they are angry, because it seeps into characters, the landscape and the narrative like red ink.

OK but not great.


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