The Visitor (2007)

I heard about this movie on “Cinebanter”, a couple of months ago and I wanted to see what the fuss was all about.

In “The Visitor”, Richard Jenkins plays Walter Vale; a widowed college professor from New England who comes back to New York City for a lecture at a local conference. When he comes into an old apartment he keeps in the city, he stumbles upon a young couple staying in the apartment, Tarek, a Syrian man and Zainab, a Senegalese woman.

The film starts out very quiet and subdued in Connecticut and then when Walter reaches NYC and the young couple, he gets to see a different culture that he has never known. It becomes a culture clash for Walter and the couple that are cohabitating with him. It’s all for fun and games when a misunderstanding happens, and everything unravel before their very eyes.

I know that this movie was supposed to bring up the question of who belongs in this country and who doesn’t. I think the film didn’t delve into it like I thought it would. It barely scratched the surface. I realized that this is from Tom McCarthy who brought us “The Station Agent.” I have to say that this movie didn’t say anything of merit about immigration today.

Sidebar. I know that this is shallow, but I really got distracted by the Syrian man, Tarek. He is so attractive that it took me out of the movie.

I think that this is a great departure for Richard Jenkins, because people only know him as the dead father in “Six Feet Under.” I think if he gets meaty roles like this, he could get his name out there.

Bonus. You would find Richard Kind in a throwaway role as one of Walter’s neighbors. Kind was in “The Station Agent.”

About Branden

Branden: I am just your average movie nut that reviews films. Gives his take on pop culture and Hollywood happenings. Dreams to have his own thriving website and make a living doing what he is passionate about.

Posted on October 14, 2008, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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