Cover image for The visitor [DVD] / Overture Films in association with Groundswell Productions and Participant Productions, present a Next Wednesday production ; written and directed by Tom McCarthy ; produced by Mary Jane Skalski, Michael London ; executive producers, Jeff Skoll, Ricky Strauss, Chris Salvaterra, Omar Amanat ; director of photography, Oliver Bokelberg.
Title:
The visitor [DVD] / Overture Films in association with Groundswell Productions and Participant Productions, present a Next Wednesday production ; written and directed by Tom McCarthy ; produced by Mary Jane Skalski, Michael London ; executive producers, Jeff Skoll, Ricky Strauss, Chris Salvaterra, Omar Amanat ; director of photography, Oliver Bokelberg.
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Widescreen or full screen.
Publication Information:
Burbank, CA : Anchor Bay Entertainment, ℗♭2008.
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2007.

Special features: Optional audio commentary by director Tom McCarthy and actor Richard Jenkins; "An inside look at The visitor" featurette; "Playing the djembe" featurette; Five deleted scenes.
Contents:
Special features: Anamorphic widescreen version -- An inside look at The visitor -- Commentary featuring director Tom McCarthy and actor Richard Jenkins -- Playing the djembe -- Deleted scenes -- Trailer -- Language: English Dolby surround 5.1 -- Subtitles: English SDH.
Abstract:
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.
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MPAA rating: PG-13; for brief strong language.
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A lonesome widower and college economics professor finds his mundane existence suddenly shaken up when he befriends a pair of illegal immigrants, one of whom has recently been threatened with deportation by U.S. immigration authorities, in the sophomore feature from The Station Agent director Tom McCarthy. Years after losing his wife, 62-year-old Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins) has also lost his passion for writing and teaching. In an effort to fill the empty void that his life has become, Walter makes a half-hearted attempt to learn to play classical piano. Later, when Walter's college sends him to a conference in Manhattan, he is surprised to discover that a young couple has moved into his seldom-used apartment in the city. Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) and his Senegalese girlfriend Zainab (Danai Gurira) have fallen victims to an elaborate real-estate scam, and as a result they no longer have a place to call home. When Walter reluctantly allows the couple to remain in his apartment, talented musician Tarek insists on repaying his host's kindness by teaching him to play the African drum. Over the course of Walter's lessons, the ageing academic finds his spirits revitalized while gaining a newfound appreciation for New York jazz clubs and Central Park drum circles. Later, Tarek is arrested in the subway and threatened with deportation after police learn that he is an undocumented citizen. Suddenly, in his attempt to help his new friend, Walter's passion for life is unexpectedly awakened. When Tarek's radiant mother Mouna (Hiam Abbass) arrives in the city in search of her son, that passion turns to romance -- something that Walter had previously thought he would never experience again. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi