Today I took a mid-afternoon break from my studies and watched a movie called The Visitor. It has a very touching story of friendship and the transforming power of love...and how often we are the ones changed when we least expect it.
The content of the movie deals with issues of immigration and cultural diversity in our 21st century global context. It naturally has political undertones but they never take center stage. The barriers are broken down through friendship and communication; relating through common language and in this movie the music carries the beat of the story.
It is a slow, developing movie. Often what was not said narrates the plot and develops the characters. It was powerful to watch the transformation of a man, impacted by people because of unexpected circumstances. It entered into his life, his very soul and gave him new life.