The Visitor (2007)

The Visitor is a movie by Thomas McCarthy, starring Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira and Hiam Abbass.

Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins) is an economics professor who has been leading a quite and very empty existence ever since his wife died. When he returns to his flat in New York after years of absence, he discovers two squatters there – who don’t know that they are actually squatting. A slow friendship develops between the three of them. Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) and Zainab (Danai Gurira) are both illegally in the US and when Tarek gets arrested and is threatened with deportation, Walter tries his best to keep him in the country.

The Visitors attempts to be a very big and important and deep film – and fails. What remains is boring and riddled with ridiculous symbolism.

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