The Visitor is a simmering drama about a college professor and recent widower, Walter Vale, who discovers a pair of illegal aliens who were the victims of a real-estate scam living in his New York apartment. After the mix-up is resolved, Vale invites the couple—a young, Syrian musician named Tarek and his Senegalese girlfriend — to stay with him. An unlikely friendship develops and all goes well until Tarek is hauled in by immigration authorities. —IMDb
Tom McCarthy’s first film, The Station Agent, won the dramatic Audience Award and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, a BAFTA for best original screenplay, and two Independent Spirit Awards, including the John Cassavetes Award. The Visitor screened at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Deauville American Film Festival, and was acclaimed one of the top 10 independent films of the year by the National Board of Review. The film earned McCarthy the Independent Spirit Award for best director. He is also an actor whose credits include Duplicity, The Lovely Bones, Good Night and Good Luck, Syriana and Meet the Parents. –Sundance Film Festival
Just because this is good-feel doesn't automatically make it any good in my book. I find the directing, acting, editing, mostly anything about this film truly mediocre at best. The characters are the most unbelievable that I may have ever seen in any movie. Though one could wish the world to be like this and smile from the idea of it, the seriousness of the matters should not be taken this ridiculously lightly imo.
This life changing story turned post-9/11 message-laden film is a surprisingly great look at immigration and the good and bad of it. Great performances all around, especially Jenkins.
Clichés hors des clichés – 09/07/2009
Le film de McCarthy pourrait être une jolie étude de caractère entre ce professeur d’université fatigué par la vie et ces émigrants clandestins ballotés… read review
When I first saw the trailer for the new film The Visitor I knew I wanted to see it solely on the basis that Richard Jenkins was going to be the star. I’ve loved this guy in everything he has done… read review