stephanie jones

new movie great for complex issues around immigration

In Uncategorized on June 5, 2008 at 1:12 pm

The Visitor – a movie released mainly in independent film theaters – is a simple movie about an overwhelmingly complicated and emotionally saturated issue: immigration in the U.S. A burnt-out professor finds himself enmeshed in a joyful life of two artists only to watch one get carried away in handcuffs and held in a detention center until he is deported. In the meantime, heartbreak, frustration, anxiety, devotion, and love are interwoven in the nuanced story exploring the multiple and subtle meanings of the film’s title.

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  1. Some quick thoughts about why I liked the film so much as well. I love the character of the mother. Why do I connect with her? I don’t want to give anything away for a reader who might not yet have seen the movie. Decisions she made resonated with me.

    I hope that a wide audience will see the film because it feels like it is a reflection of how people who are immigrants are being treated–but this is a mild version compared with some of what is going on.

    I am inspired by a recent conference to not be living the life of the “visitor” at the start of the film but to be wide awake to life.

  2. PS I found an interesting website that revolves around film and social change:
    http://www.takepart.com/

  3. Very cool website Lori – thanks! I’m going to post this so it’s easier for folks to find…

    hope you’re having a great summer with your little one;)

    s

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