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The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) (2010)

Ricardo Darín , Soledad Villamil , Juan José Campanella  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil
  • Directors: Juan José Campanella
  • Writers: Juan José Campanella, Eduardo Sacheri
  • Producers: Juan José Campanella, Mariela Besuievski, Carolina Urbieta
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 2010
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0036TGSJE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,231 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)" on IMDb

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Recently retired criminal court investigator Benjamin (Ricardo Darin), decides to write a novel based on a twenty-five year old unresolved rape and murder case, which still haunts him. Sharing his plans with Irene (Soledad Villamil), the beautiful judge and former colleague he has secretly been in love with for years, Benjamin’s initial involvement with the case is shown through flashbacks, as he sets out to identify the murderer. But Benjamin’s search for the truth will put him at the center of a judicial nightmare, as the mystery of the heinous crime continues to unfold in the present, testing the limits of a man seeking justice and personal fulfillment at last.

The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos), an Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, is part cold-case mystery, part long-lost love story, and part thriller set both in the present and in 1970s Argentina, under the tight control of its infamous military dictatorship. Director Juan José Campanella manages to tread easily across these genres with a story that's gripping, a little outlandish, and compelling--if full of a growing sense of dread. The Secret in Their Eyes stars Ricardo Darín as Benjamin, a policeman who gets pulled into investigating a decades-old crime, and becomes drawn in, almost against his will, as layers of information about the missing (murdered?) girl slowly come to light. As Benjamin investigates, he runs into a woman for whom he has long carried a torch, Irene (Soledad Villamil), an ambitious judge who had also at one point been involved in adjudicating the old crime. The chemistry between Benjamin and Irene is part of the "secret in their eyes," as the pull between the old colleagues becomes palpable. But also palpable is the hold that this unsolved crime has over Benjamin--a creepy borderline obsession that is reminiscent of the American film noir classic Laura. Fancy cinematography and well-crafted flashbacks to the era of the crime--set against the backdrop of the military dictatorship--add extra depth to what is a truly original story, told in layers with great intelligence. Fans of great mysteries and dramas--and of lost love that may again be found--will not want to miss The Secret in Their Eyes. --A.T. Hurley

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87 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revenge is a Dish that is served Cold. March 10, 2010
Director Juan Jose Campanella has authored many outstanding films as "Luna de Avellaneda" (Moon of Avellaneda) (2004), "El Hijo de la Novia" (The Son of the Bride) (2001), "El Mismo Amor la Misma Lluvia" (Same Love, Same Rain) (1999) and finally the present "El Secreto de Tus Ojos" (The Secret in Their Eyes) (2009).
With these films he has won 36 awards and 18 nominations all around the world!
He is a solid narrator; his films have definitely an Argentinean flavor and at the same time express universal human emotions and recognizable values.
His opuses are first of all entertaining and deal with everyday issues: mother-son relations, the effort of some neighbors to save a small Social Club from being erased and love stories. Over this backdrop Campanella skillfully play with his endearing characters.

"The Secret in Their Eyes" is a crime story, the efforts to discover and capture the criminal and finally, when official justice fails, revenge and retribution. At the same time there is a love story, some very funny comedic scenes and some very brutal ones.

The story follows: in a small downtown apartment a young woman is raped and murdered. Benjamin Esposito is the Court investigator assigned to the case and unusual gory crime scene steels him into a fervent desire to discover and punish the criminal.
With the help of his boss, Court Secretary Irene Menendez Hastings, and dipsomaniac clerk Pablo Sandoval he solves the case against the opposition of Judge Lacalle.
Those were turbulent years in Argentina under military dictatorship and a strange combination of issues sends Benjamin into forced internal exile and the wrongdoer enters the police forces.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
"The Secret in their Eyes" ("El secreto de sus ojos") was the Best Picture winner for Foreign Language Film at the Oscars this year. It was a big upset due to most people favoring "The White Ribbon" or "A Prophet" and left people asking, what is this film? It is a crime thriller interlaced with romance based on the novel by Eduardo Sacheri and was adapted for the screen by him and by director Juan José Campanella. The retired Argentinian federal justice agent Benjamín Espósito played by Ricardo Darín decides to write a novel about a case that perplexes him twenty-five years later and through revisiting those memories, more pieces of the puzzle begin to fall into place.

The case was the brutal rape and murder of Liliana Coloto (Carla Quevedo) leaving behind a grieved husband, Ricardo Morales (Pablo Rago) who unable to cope sits at the train station each day for a year hoping to spot the suspect. Espósito with the help of his assistant, Pablo Sandoval (Guillermo Francella) and department chief Irene Menéndez-Hastings (Soledad Villamil) investigates and rules out the first accused and spends most of the story trying to track down the elusive suspected killer played by Javier Godino. Benjamín's assistant, Sandoval is a passionate drunk who has moments of occasional brilliance in solving the case but ultimately cannot pull himself out of his stupor long enough to go home to his wife and sober up making him a bit of a screw-up and most of the film's comic relief. When a suspect is found, Irene and Benjamín spend one of the most suspenseful elevator rides EVER on film with him.

At the same time, Benjamín has a problem of being in love with his boss, Irene.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silence of the lambs August 1, 2010
I agree with all the previous reviewers that this is a superb film, even though my vote for best film of the year would had been for "White Ribbon".

All the same the film is excellent; the actors are a joy to see; direction and photography are top rate. Again, I agree with all the comments about the actors in this film, but one actor that I particularly liked was Pablo Rago as the husband of the murdered woman. He was excellent, especially in the last chilling sequence. Also, I didn't spot a mention on that incredible single-shot sequence in the stadium. A combination of Orson Welles with Alfred Hitchcock as the camera moves from an aerial view of the stadium to the single spectator not following the football game.

The most intriguing aspect of the film comes at that final sequence where all the moral dilemmas of crime, punishment, revenge, right, wrong, etc etc come to a head without any easy or moralistic talk from the filmmakers.

Highly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Surprise September 23, 2010
By Henry
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When I saw this film on a recommendation of a friend I did not remember that this film was the academy award winner for the foreign language category. It was a pleasant surprise. The film is part murder mystery part romance. The two lead actors are phenominal here as good acting is when the actor disappears and one believes they are the embodyment of the characters they are playing. This is one of those films. The film grabs one at the begining. It is said detectives can be desensitized to the vilence of it all however this detective is surprised and shocked at the brutality at the crime scene and he becomes obsessed. Then he meets the husband. The husband is beyond distraught over the sudden brutal death of his beautifull bride. Believe me when I tell you one becomes as obsessed as the detective in finding the person responsible for this senseless crime. This film does a good job of drawing one in to the story and the acting is first rate. If you are a fan of good acting, good writing and low tech you will not be disappointed. I highly recommend this film.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Special!
This Argentine film has nothing new, unique or special to offer. The plot is familiar and old, the important turns of the plot are coincidential and the ending is somewhat boring... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Captain K
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Story, Great Acting. Must not miss
Gripping Story, Great Acting. Must not miss
Published 3 days ago by Gotarun26.2
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Divertida pelicula.
Published 5 days ago by lectora incansable
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best movie ever...suspense, romance, humor...good enough to watch again and again.
Published 8 days ago by barbara m. judson
3.0 out of 5 stars Academy Award winner, a gritty crime thriller with credibility issues,...
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'The Secret in Their Eyes' won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2009. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Turfseer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
Published 20 days ago by Rainer Lorenzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story.
Published 1 month ago by rafael
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is one of my favorite movies. Beautifully executed and holds your interest even in the 4th viewing...
Published 1 month ago by jhickman
4.0 out of 5 stars Actors did it
It had been a while since I had seen such superb acting in a movie. Benjamin was great, Sandoval even greater. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal movie
This is my favorite Argentinian movie of all time. I did not "read" the subtitles, so I do not know how the movie would be for a non Spanish speaker.
Published 1 month ago by Bob Leavell
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Dubbing is just an option. I think the default setting is in Spanish (the original language) with English subtitles.
Mar 14, 2011 by Elizabeth Parsons Figueroa |  See all 2 posts
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