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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The VisitorBy Jonsam (95 reviews) from Grantham , 26 Jan 2010Nice film and easy watching - a little like looking in on a documentary so not the usual but moralistic.
The VisitorBy SE17 (8 reviews) from London , 30 Dec 2009I hadn't heard of this before a friend recommended it, so I didn't know what to expect. But I was delighted. It tells the story of an aging academic, whose life is drifting. He returns to his New York apartment one day to discover a young couple in residence, having rented the apartment in all innocence from a conman. Rather than throw them out, Walter allows them to stay, and from this act of kindness and generousity evolves a story of how lives can be changed by living with an open heart and an open mind. If you like strong films, beautifully acted that get into the complexities of contemporary life, you should like this.
EngagingBy Ell1981 (169 reviews) from London , 14 Dec 2009Really well shot for a character driven film that does not try to shock but simply convey feelings and emotions. Jenkins is outstanding and almost too belivable you forget he is acting! Very enjoyable and worth seeing.
a surpriseBy Welly (11 reviews) from Nottingham , 07 Dec 2009Really enjoyed this film, a gem
Quietly moving, unexpected gemBy DavidE14 (6 reviews) from London , 29 Nov 2009Films like this remind us why films are art.
A quiet film that builds slowly and becomes captivating. I read about this film so long ago that I had forgotten what it is about and it was great having no idea where the story was going.
Moving, funny and bittersweet. Recommended.