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The Visitor

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Cast: Richard Jenkins, Hazz Sleiman, and Hiam Abbas

Director:Tom McCarthy


Year: 2008


Widowed professor Walter Vale discovers an immigrant couple, Tarek and Zainab, squatting in his Manhattan flat and becomes wrapped up in their lives when Tarek is thrown into a detention center.

Writer/Director, Thomas McCarthy's first film was the amazing "Station Agent" and his new film "The Visitor" to me is better if that is even possible. Veteran Actor Richard Jenkins plays Walter Vale, a man that is just walking his way through life since the death of his wife. Then one day his job sends him to New York and after arriving he finds this man and woman staying at his old apartment, first scared and shocked, soon the three begin a friendship. It almost seems like fate for Walter because getting to know and care about his new friends seems to spark a flame in him that hasn't been there in a very long time. Richard Jenkins is terrific in his role as the the rest of cast mostly made up of unknowns but one real stand-out is the beautiful and talented Hiam Abbas,I think we will be seeing a lot more of her on the silver screen. Like "Station Agent", this too is a human drama, you can say it is a film about our uncaring government system which it is in part. But it is also a film about the human experience, the film captivates, it is funny, sad and tragic but these are they most human characters I have seen on film in some time. This small Independent film had hardly any backing but received rave reviews where ever it played and for good reason, a movie that touches you like this one doesn't come around very often but this one has to be one of the most emotionally powerful movies I have seen in a long time. I recommend owning this fantastic movie on DVD or BLURay today and be sure to tell your family and friends about it as well. Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment. ***** Out Of *****

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