The Secret in
Their Eyes - El Secreto de Sus Ojos Movie Review
DVD Release Date: September
Spanish Language with
Review by Compay for
Darín, Soledad Villamil, Javier Godino, Guillermo Francella
and Pablo Rago.
From Argentina's Juan José
Campanella comes one of the best Spanish language movies in
El Secreto de Sus Ojos
blends mystery and romance into a powerful crime thriller set
in Buenos Aires.
The Secret in Their Eyes
stars Ricardo Darín (Best known from the cult classic Nine
Queens) as Benjamin Esposito, an investigator who finds
himself still obsessing over a 1970's murder case that he had
worked on. Darín stars opposite Soledad Villamil,
playing a beautiful Buenos Aires judge who had previously
served as Esposito's former boss.
The story follows the
now-retired Esposito as he attempts to write a novel about a
long-closed rape and murder case. More important than
developing his novel is that neither the case nor Esposito's
own desires in life have concluded the way that they should
have. The film relies on extended flashbacks to paint a portrait
of the investigation, the reasons for Esposito's obsession
with the case, and his heart's feelings over a lifelong
regret. Along the way, the movie is peppered with
lessons of how revenge is a dish best served cold.
In 2010, The Secret in
Their Eyes took home the Academy Award for Best Foreign
Language Film, edging out the hit French film "A Prophet."
What Secret in Their Eyes lacks in thrills, it makes up for
with incredible acting and slow-boiling suspense. The
dialogue is brilliantly written, and the chemistry between the
major actors is so real you can touch it.
Of course, dialogue isn't
needed to watch the emotional tension and flying sparks
between Esposito and Irene, the forbidden object of his
affection. Guillermo Francella puts on a brilliant
performance as Esposito's alcoholic associate Pablo Sandoval,
his wisecracking friend who lightens up an otherwise
great writing, and top-notch acting performances make El
Secreto de Sus Ojos one of the finest examples of Latin cinema
since Pan's Labyrinth.