The Visitor details
|Starring:||Hiam Abbass, Amir Arison, Richard Jenkins, Maggie Moore, Laith Nakli, Haaz Sleiman|
|Run time:||1 hour 43 minutes|
|Rental release:||09 Feb 2009|
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Liberal propaganda?By a customer from Bristol , 06 Jul 2008
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[Highly rated reviewer]Firstly, I'm a bit of a liberal myself. I care about the suffering of people around the world and believe in concepts like fairness and compassion. But...
This film presents such a rose tinted view of immigrants as being saintly creatures who bring nothing but goodness to their host countries and portrays those who would seek to limit or remove them as evil wrongdoers (who don't tip waiters in coffee shops - I kid you not).
It starts well but by the end it's more like being lectured than entertained (the lead character is a lecturer incidentally) and I'm guessing it'll mainly be preaching to the converted since it's mainly liberals like me who'll end up seeing the film. A film that starts off well and has many good points ends up becoming something manipulative and slightly patronizing to both it's characters and it's audience.
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A good watchBy Sepia (15 reviews) , 08 Sep 2013This film really touched me and I kept thinking about the characters long afterwards. The main character, Walter, was beautifully acted. You never know what life will throw your way. Things can change for the better.
I didn't want it to end!By oldallens (2 reviews) from West Midlands , 14 Aug 2013A greatly enjoyable example of the best work of modern American film makers. Not a mega-star to be seen but we still saw some brilliant performances. The key for me was the total realism of the story line. Spell binding would be an understatement.
Gently sad but a reminder of what being human can and should beBy JulieRNorthumberland (35 reviews) , 10 Jan 2013Poignant and has just the right amount of humour to prevent this from being too gloopy. Main character reminded me of Frasier with his stiff middle class sensibilities. The usual moralisitc messaging we've come to expect from over sentimental US films but didn't feel too preached at so this saved the film from being a total turn off.
Never take your bongos on the subwayBy Oldbloke (349 reviews) from Sidmouth , 03 Oct 2012Stiff, grey, widowed and friendless, college lecturer Walter is told he has to attend a conference in New York. Arriving at his apartment, he discovers it is occupied by an immigrant couple and realising they have nowhere else to go, he asks them to stay. The girl is embarrassed and nervous, but Walter and musician Tarek strike up a friendship based on the former's interest in learning to play the drums. One day, Tarek is detained by the authorities and Walter finds himself unable to turn his back and begins to fight for his release. Tender and intelligent tale really takes off when beautiful Haim Abbass arrives as Tarek's mother, but good as Richard Jenkins is, I was not totally convinced by Walter's renaissance and some may find the film's liberal conscience a little too obvious.
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This Visitor was one I wanted to stay!By Yogilynne (1 review) , 22 Aug 2012I watched this film a few days ago and it has just stayed with me, as if I wish it could have been longer! Interesting, believable characters that draw you in and make you care what is happening in their lives.
Thought provoking, but not in an overly 'heavy' way that could be draining, but entertaining to just the right balance.
This is a film with a real-life feel and a lot of charm. My whole family enjoyed it, including my 10 and 13 year old sons, despite the fact that it wouldn't be their usual choice of movie, having no explosions, 'college humour',or CGI in it!