The Visitor [DVD] [2007]

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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 3)

Special Features

  • An inside look at The Visitor
  • Commentary featuring director Tom McCarthy and actor Richard Jenkins
  • Playing the Djembe
  • Deleted scenes
  • Trailer


The Visitor
A lonesome widower and college economics professor finds his mundane existence suddenly shaken up when he befriends a pair of illegal immigrants, one of whom has recently been threatened with deportation by U.S. immigration authorities, in the sophomore feature from The Station Agent director Tom McCarthy. Years after losing his wife, 62-year-old Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins) has also lost his passion for writing and teaching. In an effort to fill the empty void that his life has become, Walter makes a half-hearted attempt to learn to play classical piano. Later, when Walter's college sends him to a conference in Manhattan, he is surprised to discover that a young couple has moved into his seldom-used apartment in the city. Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) and his Senegalese girlfriend Zainab (Danai Gurira) have fallen victims to an elaborate real-estate scam, and as a result they no longer have a place to call home. When Walter reluctantly allows the couple to remain in his apartment, talented musician Tarek insists on repaying his host's kindness by teaching him to play the African drum. Over the course of Walter's lessons, the ageing academic finds his spirits revitalized while gaining a newfound appreciation for New York jazz clubs and Central Park drum circles. Later, Tarek is arrested in the subway and threatened with deportation after police learn that he is an undocumented citizen. Suddenly, in his attempt to help his new friend, Walter's passion for life is unexpectedly awakened. When Tarek's radiant mother Mouna (Hiam Abbass) arrives in the city in search of her son, that passion turns to romance -- something that Walter had previously thought he would never experience again. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Richard Jenkins
    Richard Jenkins - Walter Vale
  • Hiam Abbass
    Hiam Abbass - Mouna
  • Haaz Sleiman
    Haaz Sleiman - Tarek
  • Danai Gurira
    Danai Gurira - Zainab
  • Marian Seldes
    Marian Seldes - Barbara

Customer rating

would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars



    This is a quiet, character-driven story with phenomenal acting and direction. I love that I recognize the shots at NYU, but for viewers who don't recognize NY city, it is still a fantastic movie. I've love the lead actor since Six Feet Under and even before, in Flirting With Disaster. The supporting actors also give finely-nuanced performances, and credit must be given to the director for eliciting such excellent portrayals. Buy this movie!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great movie for people who love the rythm of music


    this movie had a great story line and the scenes weren't choppy they flowed together. the director had great ideas on the climax of this film and the resolution. the director did a great job of having the auidience emotionaly felt the same as the actors in this film

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It was better than I had anticipated...


    It was a very good indie movie. I enjoyed the characters and the relationships between them. I especially liked Walter, the main character.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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