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The Visitor

January 23, 2019, 7:15 PM

This VisitorIt’s the post-9/11 U.S. when Tom McCarthy (who was to go on to make the Oscar-winning Spotlight) made this “heartfelt human drama that sneaks up and floors you” about our fear of immigrants. Richard Jenkins notched a Best Actor Oscar nomination as a nerdy Connecticut professor “who seems to move through life in a trance. We meet Walter as he leaves his safe, dull perch, teaching global economics at a Connecticut college, and travels to Manhattan to present a paper at an academic convention. At a barely used apartment he and his late wife kept in the city, Walter finds a beautiful young woman soaking in his bathtub. She’s Zainab (the wonderous Danai Gurira), from Senegal. Zainab and her boyfriend Tarek (Haaz Sleiman excels), a Syrian musician, aren’t squatters. They rented the place from a scam artist. After a few awkward moments, Walter invites the couple to stay till they find new digs. But it’s Walter who finds something — himself. When Tarek, who gives the uptight Walter lessons on the African drum, is arrested, Walter tries to intercede with U.S. Immigration” —Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. (PG-13, 104 min., 2007)

Presented by the Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Maine Film Center as part of Presence of the Past, a 2018-2019 series of monthly film screenings held through April 2019 at Railroad Square Cinema.

FREE ADMISSION for anyone with a Colby College I.D. For all others, regular admission prices apply.

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Details

Date:
January 23, 2019
Time:
7:15 PM

Venue

Railroad Square Cinema
17 Railroad Square
Waterville, ME
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Phone:
873-6526
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