Thomas McCarthy’s brilliant but simple study of a lonely professor (a widower) who has an apartment he hasn’t been to in years. In New York City for a weekend seminar, the Connecticut professor finds a couple of foreign squatters in his old apartment and lets them stay. The man is a Syrian drummer and his girl is a Senegalese jewelry maker who sells her wares in the Saturday market. They soon become good friends but a misunderstanding poises the Syrian for deportation. This is a powerful film centered on a lovely performance of few words by recurring “Six Feet Under” guest star Richard Jenkins. Hiam Abbass is wonderful as the Syrian’s mother, who might want to help Jenkins’ professor through his lonely life. Simply put, this is a wonderful film.
<br/><br />NOTE: This was deservedly nominated for a 2008 Oscar for Best Actor.