The Visitor

  • 2007
  • US
  • 1h 43min
  • 15

Widower Walter Vale (Jenkins) is a grouch. When work sends him to Manhattan, a series of misunderstandings lead him to form a friendship with Syrian drummer Tarek (Sleiman) and his Senegalese girlfriend Zainab (Gurira). Underwritten and beautifully performed, The Visitor is a sentimental drama that manages to access a hypnotic rhythm that is both convincing and reassuring.

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The Visitor

3 Jul 20084 stars

DRAMA (15) 106min Ageing widower and economics professor Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins) is a grouch. He spends his days giving his students a hard time. When he is sent to Manhattan to present a dull paper, a series of misunderstandings lead him to meet…

The Visitor - Thomas McCarthy interview

19 Jun 2008

Edinburgh International Film Festival

Thomas McCarthy works as an actor or a writer or a director, but feels that to do all three jobs in one film would be a little too much for him to take. As an actor, despite turns in such stellar productions as Syriana, All The Kings Men and Flags of…

Best of the Edinburgh International Film Festival

6 Jun 2008

When the 62nd Edinburgh Film Festival begins on 18th June it will be more than the just the programme of films and number of celebrity appearances that is under scrutiny. This year is also the first for the festival in its new home in the cultural…

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