Monday, March 16, 2009
A Meltingpot Movie Review -- The Visitor
Okay, I've already admitted that my local library is my Netflix. I've also admitted on previous occasions that I choose my movies and books based on whether there are people of color prominently displayed on the cover. I know, I'm not very discriminating (ha-ha pun intended!) but really, since the films and books are free, I don't really mind too much if I pick a dud.
Suffice it to say, my latest film selection, chosen because there was a cute interracial couple on the back, was completely dud free. In fact it was a beautiful little film that I highly recommend. The movie is called The Visitor. The film was written and directed by Tom McCarthy who directed The Station agent and stars some big name folks like Richard Jenkins, and some fresh-faced newcomers like Haaz Sleiman and Danai Gurira.
The storyline is simple. Walter, an older White academic who has been hiding from life since his wife passed away, befriends a young couple in rather bizarre circumstances. The couple, both Muslim immigrants living in New York City, open up a new world for Walter and teach him how to live again. Until tragedy strikes and then Walter learns how to love again.
This film is as much about immigration issues as it is about love and learning to embrace life. The cast is both international and interracial in very real ways, without seeming like an obvious plot device. And apparently it did very well on the festival circuit, and received gushing reviews. I do wonder however, if it ever enjoyed a theatrical release? Anybody know? Regardless, add The Visitor to your movie cue right away.
And I will continue to use my non-discriminating ways to find movies with diverse characters whose lives mirror my own.
Peace & Happy Monday!
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