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What the Eye Doesn't See

Critics have likened this sprawling Peruvian political drama (2003) to Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia, though Costa-Gavras's 1973 thriller State of Siege would be another apt comparison. With six interlocking stories that cut across social and economic lines, the film defies meaningful summary, but it's set in Lima in 2000, when the Fujimori administration was rocked by the release of secret videotapes documenting endemic government corruption. At first the scandal functions as a fascinating backdrop to the action, but eventually each story intersects with the crisis. Francisco Lombardi's direction is taut, the cinematography excellent, and the cast superb; especially impressive is Gustavo Bueno as a lawyer whose motives for helping the teenage daughter of a political detainee are less than pure. In Spanish with subtitles. 149 min.

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