What the Eye Doesn’t See, 2003

Francisco J. Lombardi’s What the Eye Doesn’t See is a convoluted, yet acutely illustrative fictionalized account of the desperate, intertwined lives of several Peruvian citizens who represent a cross-section of the country’s socio-economic strata during the uncertainty of the ever-increasing scandal surrounding the intricate web of corruption woven by presidential adviser Vladimiro Montesinos that eventually led to the downfall of President Alberto Fujimori. Although incisive and occasionally compelling, the film unfortunately suffers from an inherent unevenness in character development and tone throughout its ample 149 minute duration, ladened by the extraneous inclusion of a tediously repetitive comedy relief subplot involving a deluded legal clerk obsessed with movies and his landlady’s capricious daughter, and a narcissistic anchorman diagnosed with a career-ending, subcutaneous cancerous nodule on his cheek – undoubtedly, an allegory for the pervasiveness of corruption during Fujimori’s tenure – that breaks the film’s otherwise taut structure and observant, sociopolitical relevance.

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