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Reviewed on 2008-05-07
Received[2.5]  out of 4 stars
A disillusioned Connecticut economics professor (Richard Jenkins from “Six Feet Under”) has a chance encounter with a homeless Syrian man and his Senegalese girlfriend who have taken up residence in his Manhattan apartment. Instead of kicking the squatters out, he befriends them and gets involved in their day-to-day lives.

This heartfelt, humanistic drama explores our melting pot society through multicultural characters. Immigration issues in the post-9/11 climate are put under the microscope. Solid acting performances from a cast of talented unknowns are the major reason to buy a ticket. Jenkins is the cement that holds everything together.

This character drama straddles the fence on the political ramifications of illegal aliens. The steps required to obtain work visas and apply for citizenship are never fully explained.

It is hard to stay focused as the story meanders tediously and eventually goes nowhere. The unlikely set of coincidences requires a suspension of belief. The abrupt ending leaves you dissatisfied with many unresolved loose ends.

The cinematography is enhanced by great outdoor shots of New York City. A stirring musical score features the sounds of the African drum and gives the film a distinct flavor. Now playing exclusively at the Tivoli.

Review By:
Keith Cohen, The Movie Guy

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