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The Secret in Their Eyes - El Secreto de Sus Ojos Movie Review

DVD Release Date: September 21, 2010

Spanish Language with English Subtitles

Review by Compay for LatinRapper.com

 

Starring: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Javier Godino, Guillermo Francella and Pablo Rago.

 

El Secreto de sus Ojos movie review

From Argentina's Juan José Campanella comes one of the best Spanish language movies in years. 

 

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 serious drama.

 

Amazing cinematography, 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.

 

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Movie Trailer With English Subtitles (Warning: Explicit Language/Content)

 

 

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