The visitor
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Published:
Burbank, CA : Anchor Bay Entertainment, c2008.
Physical Desc:
1 videodisc (104 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Rating:
MPAA rating: PG-13; for brief strong language.
Status:
Arcade
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Description
A lonesome widower and college economics professor finds his mundane existence suddenly shaken up when he befriends a pair of illegal immigrants, one of whom has recently been threatened with deportation by U.S. immigration authorities, in the sophomore feature from The Station Agent director Tom McCarthy. Years after losing his wife, 62-year-old Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins) has also lost his passion for writing and teaching. In an effort to fill the empty void that his life has become, Walter makes a half-hearted attempt to learn to play classical piano. Later, when Walter's college sends him to a conference in Manhattan, he is surprised to discover that a young couple has moved into his seldom-used apartment in the city. Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) and his Senegalese girlfriend Zainab (Danai Gurira) have fallen victims to an elaborate real-estate scam, and as a result they no longer have a place to call home. When Walter reluctantly allows the couple to remain in his apartment, talented musician Tarek insists on repaying his host's kindness by teaching him to play the African drum. Over the course of Walter's lessons, the ageing academic finds his spirits revitalized while gaining a newfound appreciation for New York jazz clubs and Central Park drum circles. Later, Tarek is arrested in the subway and threatened with deportation after police learn that he is an undocumented citizen. Suddenly, in his attempt to help his new friend, Walter's passion for life is unexpectedly awakened. When Tarek's radiant mother Mouna (Hiam Abbass) arrives in the city in search of her son, that passion turns to romance -- something that Walter had previously thought he would never experience again. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Format:
DVD
Edition:
Anamorphic widescreen format (1.85:1) or standard format (1.33:1).
Language:
English
UPC:
013138000897

Notes

General Note
Special features (16 min.): optional audio commentary by McCarthy & Jenkins; 5 deleted scenes, with optional audio commentary by McCarthy & Jenkins (3 min. total); "Playing the djembe" featurette (8 min.); "An inside look at 'The visitor'" featurette (5 min.).
Creation/Production Credits
Director of photography, Oliver Bokelberg ; edited by Tom McArdle ; music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek.
Participants/Performers
Richard Jenkins, Hiam Abbass, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira, Marian Seldes, Richard Kind, Michael Cumpsty.
Date/Time and Place of Event
Filmed on location in New York City.
Description
A disaffected college professor develops a friendship with two illegal immigrants.
Target Audience
MPAA rating: PG-13; for brief strong language.
System Details
DVD, region 1; Dolby digital 5.1 surround.
Language
In English.
Language
Subtitled for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
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