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The World Unseen (South Africa / UK)

I am so glad I saw this film. I am not a big fan of films based on lesbian theme but I had to definitely watch this one because of the fact that it had Indian actors and somehow the synopsis sounded interesting. And true to all of these things, this film turned out to be my favorite among all the films that I saw in the festival.

The fim is set in South Africa in 50s when apartheid was at its peak. The story primarily revolve around an Indian family. Omar is married to Miriam. They move from Cape Town to suburbs because situation is not very good in the city because of discrimination and other things. Omar is not he best husband. He is cheating on Miriam with his brother’s wife and Miriam knows it but doesn’t do anything about it. They have 3 kids. Miriam is silently observing and accepting everything. On the other hand we have Amina, another Indian girl who i a trend setter. She wears pants, runs a cafe with black and indian people an raises her voice for injustice. She is hired by Omar to work on his backyard and we see how sparks fly between Miriam and Amina. Amina sees that Miriam accepts anything without complain and tries to make her realize that she is an individual who needs to do what she wants. Ultimately the relationship in terms of respect and love for each other grows between these two women and a journey begins when Miriam starts working in Amina’s cafe.

Story sounds simple but the direction was simply fabulous. There were a few hilarious scenes when Miriam tries to get back to her husband in front of people. Miriam played by Lisa Ray was fabulous. She was in skin of her character. Th best part of the film was that it had a solid base of emotions. There was no nudity or anything. Completely full of emotions and very good characterization, this film touched me very much. I loved each and every single minute and will watch it again. Love was never so innocent and pure in GLBT world.

Very strongly recommended. (8.5/10)

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