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The World Unseen (2007)

 -  Drama  -  3 April 2009 (UK)
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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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Miriam
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Amina Harjan
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Omar
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Rehmat
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De Witt
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Farah
Rajesh Gopie ...
Sadru
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Mr. Harjan
Avantika Akerkar ...
Mrs. Harjan
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Begum
Leonie Casanova ...
Doris
Roderick Priestley ...
Stewart
Ethan Sarif-Kattan ...
Sam
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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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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexuality, and violence | See all certifications »
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3 April 2009 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Die verborgene Welt  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

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$16,832 (USA) (21 November 2008)
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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 »

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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.


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