Saturday, November 20, 2010

Have you seen The Visitor?

Last week, I watched a 2007 movie entitled, The Visitor. I found the story interesting and real-life (though it was not) and the actors performed really well. I suggest that if you don't have any movie in mind to watch, try this one. 

The movie was about a bored college professor who travels to New York City to attend a conference and found a young illegal immigrant couple living in his apartment. The movie showed how the professor, played by Richard Jenkins (Burn After Reading, Step Brothers) influenced the couple's lives and in return how he was affected by the couple's lives. 

The widowed and lonely professor, Walter, teaching in Connecticut was assigned to attend a conference in New York. Upon arrival in his New York apartment, he found a couple, Tarik Khalil, a Syrian musician and Zainab, a Seneralese street vendor. After the awkward encounter of the professor and the couple in the apartment, it was known that a couple's friend has rented the professor's apartment unknown to the professor. The couple tried to leave the apartment but the professor sympatized to the couple's situation and offered to stay until they get a place to stay. 

Tarik was an African drummer and Walter was fascinated by the way Tarik played and the music he made. Walter tried to learn piano in Connecticut but was not successful; his late-wife was a good pianist. Tarik taught Walter how to play the African drum and they became friends. Tarik always brought Walter to the jazz club where he performs and they also played drums in the park along with other African drummers. Walter's life has turn with full of life until Tarik was arrested one day while they were trying to hurry to go back home.

Since Tarik was an illegal immigrant, he was put into detention. Walter would always visit him as Tarik's girlfriend could not as she was an illegal immigrant too. One day, the worried mother of Tarik came and met Walter. Walter has developed friendship and special bond to Tarik's family. He went back to Connecticut and sold the piano and took a leave of absence from his teaching job. 

He came back to New York, only to find himself falling in love with Tarik's mother. When the day came that Tarik was deported back to Syria, his mother decided to follow him although she will not be able to come back to America once she left. On the eve before she left, it was known that she also loved Walter. Tarik's mother left America and Walter bid her goodbye from the airport.

The movie ended as Walter was playing the African drum in the metro station, where Tarik dreamed of playing.


☆♥Shydub♥☆ said...

I have seen this movie . its nice

safety advocate said...

Sounds interesting to watch.

Logo design services said...

Sounds like an fun movie to watch, i will rent it this weekend and ill be back with an review to :)

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