The Visitor Review

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A college professor travels to his second home in New York City and finds an illegal immigrant couple living in his apartment.


Tom McCarthy follows up The Station Agent with another witty drama. Anti-social professor Walter (Richard Jenkins) arrives at his second home in New York, only to find a young illegal immigrant couple living there. After hesitantly allowing them to stay, he bonds with happy-go lucky drummer Tarek (the charismatic Sleiman). Their odd-couple friendship is charming and uplifting, even when events take a turn for the worse. McCarthy makes a serious point about immigration without losing his lightness of touch, and he’s assisted by terrific turns by Jenkins and Sleiman. The tension dips when Tarek’s mother arrives and the film threatens to descend into cliché, but stick with it and you’ll be richly rewarded.

The tension dips occasionally but stick with it and you’ll be richly rewarded.