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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Visit - a movie

The Visit

Ann and I went to see this movie..

It is the story of a lost soul professor who, after a long absence, returns too his Greenwich Village apartment to find a man and woman living in it without his knowledge. They are both visitors, he to his home and they as campers in his home. Walter is past mid-life and disinterested in everything. He slowly discovers himself and new life by becoming friends with the Palestinian and Senagalese woman.

They are both illegals. The young man gets arrested and Walter does all he can by hiring an immigration lawyer. The young man can’t be visited by his mother or woman friend because they are both illegals also. I won’t reveal how it ends.

The young man teaches Walter how to lay bongo drums and through the drumming and friendship with the young illegals, he realizes he must find a new life for himself and as the movie ends he does so.

The movie does not raise the question of the legality of the immigration system but shows the plight of people in the US who have few rights and are mistreated by the failed immigration system. The Visitor makes us look again at what it is to live in the land of the free and home of the brave and the perils of legalism without justice.

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