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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ExcellentBy bethyboop (6 reviews) from Wellingborough , 27 Nov 2009One of the best films I have EVER seen, this is a must see for people who like thought-provoking films.
Painfully dullBy a customer from England , 17 Nov 2009I would rather watch paint dry, this has to be one of the most boring films I have ever seen!
Recovering from griefBy cgb (5 reviews) from Annan , 01 Nov 2009A tender film, about a man lost in grief and failure who regains his love of life. Our unlikely hero is recently widowed, living alone in silence after his pianist wife dies. He tries to recapture that earlier life by learning the piano,but he is useless.
Forced to New York, he comes upon 2 struggling illegal immigrants, hard-working, happy, honorable, gregarious and creative. This tweedy guy learns to play the African drums and finds his soul again.
On the way there, he meets a woman who rekindles his heart. He admits, perhaps for the first time even to himself, that his life is meaningless, he does nothing, is an empty shell. He gets entangled in the Kafka-like world of detention centres and deportation. He starts to live again, even though he cannot beat the system.
Not a happy ending, but a hopeful one. Beautiful acting, honest dialogue. I watched it twice in a row.
Pleasant way to pass an eveningBy a customer from 2nd row from the back, Lincolnshire , 29 Oct 2009Nothing earth shattering but quietly enjoyable. Sympathetic characters well acted. An interestingly different view of America.
'The Visitor'By Dogses (23 reviews) from Bungay , 06 Oct 2009Quirky film which plays at a leisurely pace, with a true to life ending