New Internationalist

The Visitor

March 2009

Written and directed by Tom McCarthy

The Visitor: an unshowy, human story of the unexpected.

It slipped by mostly unnoticed on its cinema release, but this unshowy, very human story, of a man who makes unexpected connections and rediscovers his own life, is well worth catching on DVD.

The well-worn Richard Jenkins plays a college professor whose uninvited house guests are ‘illegals’. Hiam Abbass is the Syrian woman whose son he tries to stop the authorities from deporting. It’s not as rounded as it might be, but its honesty and sympathy get under your skin.


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