2017-04-07 19:00 - 2017-04-23 21:00
Free First-Friday Film @Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Rd., Springfield, PA
Fri., April 7, at 7p.m.
A very personal look at the hot-button issue of immigration.
"The curious thing about The Visitor", says A.O. Scott, film reviewer for the New York Times, "is that even as it goes more or less where you think it will, it still manages to surprise you along the way ...The Visitor, with impressive grace and understatement, resists potential triteness and phony uplift."
The Visitor begins quietly with widowed college professor Walter Vale returning to his New York City apartment and finding a young refugee couple living there. Victims of a real estate scam and homeless. Walter (Richard Jenkins, Oscar nominated for his performance) tells the two to get out. Then, seeing them on the sidewalk with all their possessions in hand, he invites them to spend the night.
An unlikely friendship develops between Walter and Tarak (Haaz Sleiman), a Syrian street musician who teaches the professor how to play the drum. In turn, Walter invites the couple to share his apartment.
After an incident in the subway in which Tarek is mistakenly suspected of "turnstile jumping", he is arrested by transit police and when a background check is run, handed over to ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] and delivered to a detention center in New York for potential deportation.
Walter hires a lawyer for Tarek. Tarek’s mother, Mouna (Israeli/Palestinian superstar Hiam Abbass) turns up, looking for her son.
This is a quiet, topical little film about people facing the human reality behind the immigration debate. Nowhere in it is the political railing that consumes the discussion today about "illegal aliens", just people trying to live their lives and care for each other as best they can.
Although released in 2008, The Visitor is every bit the film on which to reflect as the Trump years become more and more disquieting.
See film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYQDD8jIHFs
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