The visitor [videorecording] / Overture Films in association with Groundswell Productions and Participant Productions present ; a Next Wednesday production
DVDs | Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment | c2008
Available at Adult DVD-Feature Film (Call number: DVD V DRAMA)
Burbank, CA : Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment, c2008.
1 videodisc (104 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround.
Dialogue in English, with some Arabic and French (with English subtitles), with optional English (SDH) subtitles.
Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira, Hiam Abbass, Marian Seldes, Maggie Moore, Michael Cumpsty, Bill McHenry, Richard Kind.
Writer/director, Thomas McCarthy ; producers, Mary Jane Skalski, Michael London ; executive producer, Jeff Skoll ... [et al.]; director of photography, Oliver Bokelberg ; editor, Tom McArdle ; music, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2007.
MPAA rating: PG-13; for brief strong language.
Walter Vale is a widower who teaches economics at a Connecticut university. He lives alone and is no longer motivated by his work. In New York to present a paper at a conference, he goes to the apartment that he has not visited in some time, but has kept since his wife was alive, only to discover a young couple living there. Despite their great cultural differences, Walter befriends Tarek, a Syrian citizen and drummer, and gradually builds a friendship with Esi, his girlfriend from Senegal. One day, when returning from Central Park with Walter, Tarek is arrested for jumping a stuck subway turnstile, despite the fact that he had paid. The police discover he does not have legal papers and transfer him to an immigrant detention center in Queens. Feeling responsible for and connected to Tarek, Walter decides to stay in New York to help and support him. Not hearing from her son, Tarek's mother arrives from Michigan to find out why, and she and Walter support one another while they attempt to free Tarek.
Special features: Playing the Djembe; "The visitor: an inside look" featurette; audio commentary with director Tom McCarthy and actor Richard Jenkins; deleted scenes.
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