The World Unseen (2007)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Romance


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A drama centered on two women who engage in a dangerous relationship during South Africa's apartheid era.

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  • Lisa Ray and Sheetal Sheth in The World Unseen (2007)
  • Parvin Dabas and Lisa Ray in The World Unseen (2007)
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17 August 2010 | a666333
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| This world has been seen many times elsewhere.
For anyone looking for an innovative or breakthrough film here, look elsewhere. This is a formula film with a capital F and you can predict its progress in the first 3 minutes or so. Sometimes that is OK if the ride is exceptional. This time it is so-so.

The upside: Good if standard cinematography/camera work and editing, believable sets. The subplot with the white bank employee and the mixed race cafe owner is more interesting and suspenseful than the main plot.

The downside: This comes from just how much this film relies on cookie-counter elements. No white or Indian male (save one who appears briefly) or conventionally minded woman is allowed to have a redeemable feature. They are quickly established as people that you will not have sympathy for. Likewise the setting in institutionally suppressive South Africa 1952 is just sooo perfect to inject a touch of brutality and righteous indignation and a hint of a political edge to a very tired story line.

This sets the stage for the predatory/touristy lesbian tomboy to enlighten the frustrated housewife. Yawn....

Then we get the blues-jazz piano intro, some poetry, endless, furtive longing glances, the questioning of values and life goals, the symbolic-suggestive one liners, the moments of crisis, the resolution and the folk song over the ending credits. All formula. Been there, done that.

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