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