The World Unseen

The World Unseen/ 2007


The World Unseen is a depressing movie, not because anyone died. But because of the world the characters live in. The movie is set place in Cape Town, South Africa, in the days when discrimination, segregation and police brutality is nothing out of the ordinary. Not only is there racial discrimination, but also oppression of women, arranged marriages, and retaliation against victim of rape. There is a nonstop demonstration of just how unfair the world is.

Despite all this inequality and unfairness, the protagonist, an Indian woman named Amelia, stands strong and resists the harshness of the world. She is a helpful hand during dire time, but because of her ideals, is considered as an outsider to the Indian community.

Through her actions, she inspired a regular housewife Mariam to think and to stand up for herself, enough to speak her mind against her  chauvinistic husband. The main message of this movie is to believe in what is right and to stand strong, no matter how the world treats you, or what other says.


Lisa Ray as Miriam (the housewife)

Sheetal Sheth as Amina (the trouser girl)

Parvin Dabas as Omar (the cheating husband)

Natalie Becker as Farah (the seductive sister-in-law)

David Dennis as Jacob (the Black guy)

Grethe Fox as Madeleine Smith (the White post office lady a.k.a. Jacob’s love interest)


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    It is an intense film. Seriously. Bad stuff happens continuously throughout the movies. It covered a lot of issues- interracial marriage, racial discrimination, homophobia, and domestic abuse. The only thing keeping you or the characters from slumming into depression is the sweet little scenes (or the romance between the main protagonists) in between the bad stuff, and the much-needed comic relief.

    Intense and completely ridiculous Indian grandma: “All this Africans, that is what is wrong with this country (referring to South Africa).” No kidding, this is a direct quote.

    Despite the intensity of the movie, it is smart, nicely done, and quirky. The dialog is cleverly written with the characters delivering a lot of quick-witted or insightful lines. There is a humor that is easy to miss but earns a well-deserved chuckle when spotted. The characters are believable with an intense buildup of sexual tension between the two protagonists, partly due to how good the on-screen chemistry between the two actresses are. Well, I might be biased since I am a fan of the two amazing actresses who also acted in I can’t think straight.

    Who doesn’t want to be looked at like this? Also, the clothes, and the hairs!

    As for the ending? I wouldn’t ruin it for you. I do feel as though it is unsatisfactory but realistic and at least a little optimistic. In life, we might need to settle for something less than what we want because of the situation but we can still make the most out of it.

    Situation might be grim, but it is the little things that matter.

    It is a movie that you hesitate to watch because you don’t want to see the ugliness of the world but is glad that you watched it because it inspires you to stay strong no matter how grim a situation might seem. For those of you of have seen I can’t think straight, it is basically that with the intensity x1000.


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