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The Visitor - Danai Gurira

DVD

Released: 3rd December 2008
Classification: M
Region: 4 (Australia & New Zealand)
RRP $9.95
$9.75

In a world of six billion people, it only takes one to change your life.

Sixty two year old Walter Vale is sleepwalking through his life. Having lost his passion for teaching and writing, he fills the void by unsuccessfully trying to learn to play classical piano.

When his college sends him to Manhattan to attend a conference, Walter is surprised to find a young couple has taken up residence in his apartment. Victims of a real estate scam, Tarek, a Syrian man, and Zainab, his Senegalese girlfriend, have nowhere else to go. In the first of a series of tests of the heart, Walter reluctantly allows the couple to stay with him.

Touched by his kindness, Tarek, a talented musician, insists on teaching the aging academic to play the African drum. The instrument's exuberant rhythms revitalise Walter's faltering spirit and open his eyes to a vibrant world of local jazz clubs and Central Park drum circles. As the friendship between the two men deepens, the differences in culture, age and temperament fall away.

After being stopped by police in the subway, Tarek is arrested as an undocumented citizen and held for deportation. As his situation turns desperate, Walter finds himself compelled to help his new friend with a passion he thought he had long ago lost. When Tarek's beautiful mother Mouna arrives unexpectedly in search of her son, the professor's personal commitment develops into an unlikely romance. And it's through these new found connections with these virtual strangers that Walter is awakened to a new world and a new life.

Heart-liftingly beautiful!

5

Very real, surprisingly touching and uplifting story; genuinely interesting characters; leaves some deep impressions

Port Macquarie

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Not quite beleivable

3

Social issues on grief, loneliness, integrity in the workplace, human rights, illegal immigration, honesty, the need to belong and contribute to society are all covered in this movie but it doesn't quite hit the spot. The lead character was not believable nor appealing.

SA

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Illegal immigrants in New York

5

A man returns to his NY apartment to find it has been sublet to 2 illegal immigrants. He befriends them and, when one is arrested, tries to stop his deportation.

Central Coast

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The Visitor

4.3 3

66.7

Audio: ENG
Barcode: 9312590150784
Classification: M
Format: DVD
Language: English
Number of Discs: 1
Region: 4 (Australia & New Zealand)
Released: 3rd December 2008
Running Time: 100.0 mins