Skip to main content

VISITOR, THE (M)

USA, 2007 (MIFF 2008, International Panorama)

Director: Tom McCarthy

VISITOR, THE (M)

“A heartfelt human drama that sneaks up and floors you.” - Rolling Stone

Middle-age college professor Walter Vale is a visitor in his own life. Trapped in a malaise of inertia and depression, he shuffles through life doing as little as possible. Returning to his rarely used apartment in New York he stumbles into the lives of immigrant Tarek and his girlfriend Zainab, who were swindled into thinking the apartment was theirs. Taking pity on the couple, Walter allows them to stay and finds an unlikely bond with another culture.

Hopeful and uplifting, The Visitor is a heart-warming tale about finally getting into the rhythm of life.


D/S Thomas McCarthy P Omar Amanat, Michael London, Chris Salvaterra, Mary Jane Skalski, Jeff Skoll, Ricky Strauss, John Woldenberg Dist Rialto Distribution L English TD 35mm/2007/106mins

See also...

WIN WIN (M)

"Possesses a sharp wit and a generous spirit... a master class in offbeat comic brilliance." - New York Times ... Paul Giamatti plays Mike Flaherty, a middle-aged lawyer-cum-high school wrestling ... More »

HURT LOCKER, THE

“A near-perfect movie about men in war.” - Time ... Kinetic filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow (Point Break, Strange Days) directs this tense action/drama about the Iraq war in this unrelenting look at a ... More »

PRINCESS OF NEBRASKA, THE

A stinging comment on the state of a new generation of Chinese youth, from veteran director Wayne Wang (Smoke). ... Sasha, a disaffected Chinese girl of 18, comes to San Francisco carrying an ... More »

GARDENS OF THE NIGHT

“Compelling drama about abducted children avoids the heartstrings and goes right for the gut.” - The Hollywood Reporter ... The issue of abducted children is dealt with in this chilling feature ... More »

REDACTED

“Leave it to the rabble-rousing instincts of Brian De Palma to drop a homemade bomb into the middle of the Iraq debate.” - Toronto International Film FestivalFilmmaker Brian De Palma is on a ... More »

UNDERTOW

"David Gordon Green goes Southern gothic. John (Dermot Mulroney) lives in the Georgia backwoods with his two boys - teenage Chris (Jamie Bell) and tiny Tim who sometimes wears a pilgrim hat and ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director