Monday, April 13, 2009

The Visitor

I liked this film a bit more than V did. She never quite got over not finding out who the Russian conman Ivan was!

Richard Jenkins plays a widowed academic on autopilot who has long since shut down all those superfluous niceness faculties.

Reluctantly agreeing to attend a conference in Manhattan, he discovers that his NYC pied-a-terre has been rented out by the aforementioned Ivan.

Circumstances thus conspire to pitch Walter into the far less curdled lives of a trio of illegal immigrants who wear their transparent niceness on their sleeves.

It's one of those movies where the public messaging intentions of the script occasionally get in the way of its private meanings, but there were enough very touching moments in there to pull me through.

Grade: B++

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