Starring: Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira, Hiam Abbas
A Connecticut college professor, Walter Vale (Jenkins) is bored in his life since he has no work and nothing to look forward to. His wife passed away and with no companion he feels as if everything he lived for has come to a stand still. He reluctantly travels to New York to present a paper he has co-authored and surprisingly finds that his apartment has been occupied by someone else. Tarek (Sleiman) is a Syrian immigrant who along with his girlfriend Zainab (Gurira) were given the key to the apartment by a third person unknown to Walter. Tarek and Zainab are illegal immigrants and have nowhere to go and Walter decides to let them stay for a few days more till they can find a suitable replacement. Tarek is a musician who loves playing the djembe and introduces Walter to his music and his life. Suddenly, Walter finds himself happier with the djembe and with Tarek and the two become good friends. The movie is a very slow narration of a simple story. There are no unexpected twists, thrills, climaxes or build-ups. It moves very consistently and it simply tries to narrate a story. It needs your time and patience and if you give it to the movie, it will reward you with good entertainment. It is not your typical entertainer but something more to savour and appreciate, like a good wine.
Thumbs up: Impeccable performances of the entire cast
Thumbs down: Some might find the lack of excitement in the movie to be boring