the visitor
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY TOM MCCARTHY  Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures  Rated PG-13  Released in the U.S. and Canada on April 3, 2008

By Omar P.L. Moore/The Popcorn Reel
December 8, 2008

A mature, intelligent film for adults, "The Visitor" is an authentic story about a widower who has literally lost his own sense of purpose.  Floating through midlife, the wifeless professor from Connecticut makes a trip to New York City where he sees two squatters, one from Syria, the other from Senegal.  From this point, the professor's life changes forever, as do the lives of the two squatters.  Well-acted by Richard Jenkins as the widower professor, in an award-nomination worthy performance, and good acting from Haas Sleiman as Tarek, Danai Gurira as Zainab, and Hiam Abbas as Tarek's mother.  The most unpretentious film of the year.

Original Popcorn Reel Film Review: "The Visitor" (May 16, 2008)

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