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The Visitor (2003)

  Directed by: Dan Castle
Written by: Dan Castle
Starring: Nick Carpenter, Barry Otto
Links: The Visitor on the IMDb
Genre: Short
Awards: AFI Awards: Best Short Fiction Film 2003 (nominee)

This movie gets: 5.00 (1 rating)
nofreelist.com Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Metaphoria" - a review by pearly

Michael (Barry Otto) first appears to be a crabby old man who is not interested in letting the world go on outside his window if it is going to go as loudly as the young surfies who live close by want it to. Every morning as he tries to type on his typewriter, he is annoyed by the guys having fun outside his window. But as The Visitor progresses, we see that there's more to Michael than meets the eye.

This second half of The Visitor is like one big metaphor. One of the surfers pays him a visit, and what happens from that point could either be regarded as reality, or as a fantasy, depending on your perspective. But just as you're trying to figure out which perspective you're going to choose, the movie takes one final turn and then ends.

The timing of The Visitor is quite odd. It is almost as if it tries to get you out of your comfort zone, just as Michael is taken out of his. Little is explained upfront, sections in the middle are painstakingly slow, and then the ending is over in a snap. And you end up needing about the same length of time as the film's length to figure the whole thing out once it's done.

pearly gives this movie 5 out of 10.
Review created on Fri 3 Oct 2003

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Reader comments

  1. nick is hot

    Rating given: 8

    A comment from dave (http://thetopiaproject.com.au) on Mon 10 Apr 2006 19:38 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 8.00 (1 rating)

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