Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Visitor

What a good movie!

Very deliberate but never draggy. Slow paced but again, not at all in a negative way.

Richard Jensen has been nominated for a Best Actor Oscar as Walter, a lonely, detached economics professor who visits his basically abandoned Manhattan apartment to find two illegal immigrants living in it.

The movie perfectly portrays the intersecting relationships which develop as a result of this happenstance and the desperation and helplessness of all in the face of the immigration bureaucracy.

Hiam Abbass who played Mouna in this movie was the lead, Salma, in Lemon Tree, another movie I really enjoyed. The Visitor is directed by the director of the Station Agent and produced by the producer of Sideways so there are connections to at least three other movies that I recommend.

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