Directed by: Thomas McCarthy
Countries & Regions: United States
Studio: Unanimous Films
Length: 103 mins
Region: Region 0
Released: 23 February 2009
Cat No: UNA001DVD
Screen ratio 1:1.85
Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital
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A college professor finds his life taking a new direction when he crosses paths with a pair of illegal immigrants in this bittersweet... Read More
Lonely, listless and unable to write, widowed university professor Walter (an Oscar-nominated Richard Jenkins) turns to piano lessons in the hope they will give life without his wife meaning. Finding a frustrating lack of ability only entrenches his sense of emptiness still deeper, it is not until Walter invites two strangers into his life that the direction of his dreary existence is radically altered.
On a work trip to New York, Walter finds a young immigrant couple staying in his apartment, and an unlikely friendship between Syrian musician Tarek and the professor begins to develop. Through their relationship, Walter is liberated from numbness and his dormant creative yearnings are finally jolted out of hibernation as the musician begins teaching him how to play the drums. However, Tarek is an illegal alien and the authorities are trying to catch up with him..
The Visitor is a touching character study boasting perceptive and moving performances. It’s a simple and ultimately optimistic tale which explores complex and profound facets of humanity with an adroitly light touch.