No amount of heaving bosom or quivering bottom lip can evoke a romantic frisson if the emotion simply isn't there.
| Original Score: 2/6
The women have a definite spark, but a hetero couple's interracial flirtation is swiftly dispatched, rendering them little more than clunky counterpoints to the distaff duo.
| Original Score: 3/6
While the visuals never rise above TV-movie adequacy and some background acting hovers at am-dram level, The World Unseen's central story is strong enough to hold attention.
| Original Score: 2/5
If Sarif improves with experience, she might regret ever having allowed this effort to be seen by the public.
| Original Score: 1/5
Intimacy, nuance and emotional punch are conspicuous only by their absence. Dreary.
This tale of forbidden love in the early days of apartheid South Africa suffers from heavy-handed direction and stodgy exposition, but it is made tolerable by its two central performances.
Race, gender, tradition, politics and sexuality get thrown together into a bright but bland masala mix in Shamim Sarif's debut feature.
| Original Score: 2/4
It doesn't leave you cold, but it doesn't exactly make an impression, either.
You wait all year for a lesbian comedy drama with the production values of a 1980s TV movie and the acting standard of a carpet shampoo advert, and then two come along at once.
Never begins to tap the talent at its disposal.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
As drama, it's insipid. As erotica, it's useless.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Both films are politically daring as well as what used to be called risque. Neither, I'm afraid, is well directed or acted.
One supposes that a muted drama about the trials of forbidden love set against the backdrop of one of the darker moments in human history isn't to be joyous, but a moment or two of levity wouldn't have killed anybody.
An extremely rare case of a pic version both written and directed by the book's original author, "The World Unseen" reps a strong argument for leaving screen adaptations to other, more capable hands.
Lisa Ray is a magnificent actress, but she's still waiting for her first great role.
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.
It suffers from an abundance of transparent acting, simplistic plot twists and music that essentially screams, 'These are important scenes to behold!'
A curiously strait-laced, timid and self-conscious affair.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
When dialogue and pacing get bogged down in L Word soap opera and the rich social context in S. Africa fades to mostly background, the appealing cast holds the eye.
| Original Score: 6/10