MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 125 this week

The World Unseen (2007)

 -  Drama  -  3 April 2009 (UK)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 1,921 users  
Reviews: 13 user | 26 critic

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

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

G&L
a list of 42 titles
created 27 Apr 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 11 Mar 2013
 
a list of 46 titles
created 9 months ago
 
ff
a list of 37 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 42 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The World Unseen (2007)

The World Unseen (2007) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The World Unseen.
7 wins. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Circumstance (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's dangerous obsession.

Director: Maryam Keshavarz
Stars: Sarah Kazemy, Nikohl Boosheri, Reza Sixo Safai
Water Lilies (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Summer in a new suburb outside Paris. Nothing to do but look at the ceiling. Marie, Anne and Floriane are 15. Their paths cross in the corridors at the local swimming pool, where love and desire make a sudden, dramatic appearance.

Director: Céline Sciamma
Stars: Pauline Acquart, Louise Blachère, Adèle Haenel
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Rebecca has a very unusual secret, one that not even her best friends know about. The last person on earth she expects to reveal it to is a high priced escort named Paris. What starts as a ... See full summary »

Director: Nicole Conn
Stars: Barbara Niven, Bryan Jackson, Jessica Clark
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Marine officer Alexandra is tough enough to kick any guy's ass in a bar fight, but there's one opponent she can't beat: military policy. When she returns to her conservative hometown from ... See full summary »

Director: Ned Farr
Stars: Dreya Weber, Paris P. Pickard, Anthony Michael Jones
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An uptight and conservative woman, working on tenure as a literacy professor at a large urban university, finds herself strangely attracted to a free-spirited, liberal woman who works at a local carnival that comes to town.

Director: Patricia Rozema
Stars: Pascale Bussières, Rachael Crawford, Henry Czerny
Three Veils (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Rolla Selbak
Stars: Sheetal Sheth, Angela Zahra, Mercedes Masöhn
Spider Lilies (2007)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When Jade, a web-cam girl visits Takeko's tattoo studio she becomes entranced with the image of the spider lily and with Takeko as well. In order to get closer to the object of her desire, ... See full summary »

Director: Zero Chou
Stars: Rainie Yang, Isabella Leong, John Shen
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Casey has rejected her privileged upbringing and restores old boats for a living. She lives with her beautiful social worker girlfriend Alex in what seems like a cozy new life until her ... See full summary »

Director: Lauren Himmel
Stars: Angie Redman, Nina Landey, Annette Miller
Room in Rome (2010)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A hotel room in the center of Rome serves as the setting for two young and recently acquainted women to have a physical adventure that touches their very souls.

Director: Julio Medem
Stars: Elena Anaya, Natasha Yarovenko, Enrico Lo Verso
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Marie leaves home to study the piano at the conservatory in Lyons. Through lack of money, she is obliged to share an apartment with Emma, a friend of the family who has lived alone since ... See full summary »

Director: Sophie Laloy
Stars: Judith Davis, Marc Chapiteau, Fabienne Babe
Kiss Me (2011)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Young woman engaged to be married finds herself in an affair with her stepmother's lesbian daughter.

Director: Alexandra-Therese Keining
Stars: Ruth Vega Fernandez, Liv Mjönes, Krister Henriksson
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young woman is hospitalized and in a coma after a serious accident. Through flashbacks we learn of her feelings for another woman.

Director: Jesús Garay
Stars: Diana Gómez, Ariadna Cabrol, Laura Conejero
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Miriam
...
Amina Harjan
...
Omar
...
Rehmat
David Denis ...
Jacob
Grethe Fox ...
Madeleine
...
De Witt
...
Farah
Rajesh Gopie ...
Sadru
...
Mr. Harjan
Avantika Akerkar ...
Mrs. Harjan
...
Begum
Leonie Casanova ...
Doris
Roderick Priestley ...
Stewart
Ethan Sarif-Kattan ...
Sam
Edit

Storyline

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

Add Full Plot | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on novel

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexuality, and violence | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

3 April 2009 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Die verborgene Welt  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$9,031 (USA) (7 November 2008)

Gross:

$16,832 (USA) (21 November 2008)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

According to director Shamim Sarif when this film was sent for consideration to a film festival in Dubai, the DVD was mailed back to them with a note, which simply stated "the subject matter does not exist". See more »

Soundtracks

Broken (End Credits)
Written and Performed by Leonie Casanova
Copyright by Leonie Casanova
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
This world has been seen many times elsewhere.
17 August 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

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.


6 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
think straight sanmansp
Will this film get a UK release? lovefilm375
Questions gbany717
Official Fan Video Competition-The World Unseen/ICTS-announced digitalbabeusa
Free Yahoo Discussion Group for Shamim Sarif-Director digitalbabeusa
Festival Dates-I Cant Think Straight + The World Unseen digitalbabeusa
Discuss The World Unseen (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?