In a world of six billion people, it only takes one to change your life. From writer/director Tom McCarthy comes this soulful new comedy drama starring Richard Jenkins as Walter Vale, a disillusioned Connecticut economics professor whose life is transformed by a chance encounter in New York City. Sixty-two-year-old Walter Vale is sleepwalking through his life. Having lost his passion for teaching and writing, he fills the void by unsuccessfully trying to learn to play classical piano. When his college sends him to Manhattan to attend a conference, Walter is surprised to find a young couple has taken up residence in his apartment. Victims of a real estate scam, Tarek, a Syrian man, and Zainab, his Senegalese girlfriend, have nowhere else to go. In the first of a series of tests of the heart, Walter reluctantly allows the couple to stay with him.
Touched by his kindness, Tarek, a talented musician, insists on teaching the aging academic to play the African drum. The instrument's exuberant rhythms revitalize Walter's faltering spirit and as the friendship between the two men deepens, the differences in culture, age and temperament fall away. However, Tarek is arrested as an undocumented citizen and held for deportation. As his situation turns desperate, Walter finds himself compelled to help - with a passion he thought he had long ago lost. When Tarek's beautiful mother Mouna arrives unexpectedly in search of her son, the professor's personal commitment develops into an unlikely romance. It's through these newfound connections with three virtual strangers that Walter is awakened to a new world and a new life.
Rating: (M) 1hr 50m
Director: Thomas McCarthy (The Station Agent)
Cast: Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Jekesai Gurira, Hiam Abbass
Title: The Visitor
When: Fri 7th to Sun 9th November 2008
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Art-House, foreign and commercial films are screened Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Phone: 5475 7777
Office hours 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and one hour prior to show times.
Centenary Square, Currie Street, Nambour
2008 Film Club Memberships - available now
Membership entitlements include:
*Discounted tickets to every movie - adult tickets are normally $12, however when you show your membership card, you receive your ticket for $8.50
*2 free movie tickets - these tickets can be used by you or you are welcome to invite a friend to use these free tickets at any session over the year, however they cannot be used on the first Sunday of each month which is Film Club Night
*Monthly newsletter - posted to members at the end of each month which lists the movies and screening dates for the upcoming movies. The newsletter also has movie reviews and any information relevant for Film Club members
*Invitation to Film Club Nights - on the first Sunday of each month we hold a special function for Film Club members which include a screening of an art-house movie and a catered get-together where you are offered a complimentary glass of wine. Additional glasses can be purchased at just $4.50 per glass, alternatively the bar is open for beer and other alcoholic beverages.
* Invitation to Film Discussion Groups - in-formal, fun discussions with like-minded movie goers
Phone us now to join - 5475 7777 (business hours)
Yearly Subscription: $35 (Year: March 08 - March 09)
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