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Genre Drama
Running Time 103 min
MPAA rating PG-13 (Adult Language, Adult Situations)
Release Date Apr 11, 2008
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The Visitor

When professor Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins) travels to New York for a lecture, he's stunned to find illegal immigrants Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) and Zainab (Danai Gurira) living in his apartment. It comes out that it was rented to them by a swindler, and Vale feels sufficiently sorry for them that he invites them to stay. They get on well until Tarek is accused of jumping a subway turnstile and lands in a detention center. He risks being deported, and Vale does everything he can to prevent it.

Richard Jenkins Walter Vale
Hiam Abbass Mouna
Haaz Sleiman Tarek
Danai Gurira Zainab
Maggie Moore Karen
Waleed Zuaiter Omar
Amir Arison Mr. Shah
Tzahi Moskovitz Zev
Laith Nakli Nasim

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Apr 21, 2008 - Chicago Tribune
May 15, 2008 - nodrog on The Visitor
Heartbreaking and Powerful

This is "Lost in Translation" with political relevance. It has a hard edged realism seldom seen in mainstream American films. Highly watchable, surprisingly powerful, difficult at times but uplifting, this is a film for everyone who has an opinion on immigration and who wants to add dimension to their understanding of loss and it's impact on ordinary people. See it.

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