On Sunday, November 7, Barrington Presbyterian movie mavens watched The Visitor, an “assessment of ethnic toleration in post-9/11 New York City.” The movie, an indie hit of 2007, tells a tale of unlikely tangled lives: a tired and middle-aged academic, a charming but illegal immigrant couple, and a concerned Syrian mother intersect at Professor Walter Vale’s Manhattan pied-à-terre. Vale hasn’t used his apartment in years, and the young couple has been conned by an agent into living as legitimate renters. Scheduled to address an academic conference, Vale walks into his apartment and collides with the couple – Tarek, a Syrian musician, and Zainab, a craft-jewelry artisan from Senegal. Who is visiting whom?
This was the final viewing in our Fall 2010 Film Series, which also featured The Last Temptation of Christ and O Brother, Where Art Thou? Stay tuned for next year’s lineup.
Contributed by Walker Rumble.