Friday, April 2, 2010

The Visitor

In my humble, but 100% true opinion, movies are not what they use to be. 

95% of  all movies produced in the last 10 years or so just suck, and I wouldn't waste my money or time on any of them. 

Among the 5% of movies that are worth watching, I really enjoyed a low budget, emotional, beautiful, and subtle movie, about a lonely man, Walter, who finds a new interest in life when he develops a friendship with Tarek, an Arab drum player, and his Senegalese girlfriend Zainab, who were staying at Walter's seldom used NY apartment. When Tarek is arrested, and is found to be an illegal immigrant, Walter tries to prevent the deportation of his friend, but he is outraged and defeated by the death of some American values after September 11.

After not hearing from her son for a couple days, Tarek's mother, Mona, comes to NY, meets Walter, and their common struggle to free Tarek, brings them close together, and leads to a warm relation at the purest humane level that was delightful to follow.

"The Visitor" stars Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Hiam Abbass & Danai Gurira, and is directed by Thomas McCarthy.

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