The World Unseen
The World Unseen (2008)

Set in 1950s South Africa at the beginning of apartheid, free-spirited Amina has broken all the rules of her own conventional Indian community and the new apartheid-led government, by running a café with Jacob, her black business partner.… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 7, 2008
DVD Release Date: May 4, 2010
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Critic Score: 24% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Sarah Cohen
Time Out

No amount of heaving bosom or quivering bottom lip can evoke a romantic frisson if the emotion simply isn't there.

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Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail

It doesn't leave you cold, but it doesn't exactly make an impression, either.

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Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)

If Sarif improves with experience, she might regret ever having allowed this effort to be seen by the public.

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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

It suffers from an abundance of transparent acting, simplistic plot twists and music that essentially screams, 'These are important scenes to behold!'

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Susan Walker
Toronto Star

Less an account of hatred and injustice in apartheid-torn South Africa than it is a soap opera-ish romance that could easily be an episode of The L-Word.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

Both films are politically daring as well as what used to be called risque. Neither, I'm afraid, is well directed or acted.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Drawing upon her own heritage as a descendant of South Africa's large Indian community, Sarif brings more than a dozen interconnected characters to life.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Never begins to tap the talent at its disposal.

Ali Catterall

As drama, it's insipid. As erotica, it's useless.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Leo L
An interesting movie! Set in 1950's South Africa, Miriam and Amina meet, and are instantly intrigued by each other. Miriam is a housewife, and a mother of… More
Ina S
Beautiful directorial debut with great (and stunning!) lead actresses. Unfortunately too concerned with conveying as much of the book as possible, the… More