The Secret in Their Eyes: Movie Review
The Secret In Their Eyes
Cast: Ricardo Darin, Pablo Rago, Guillermo Francella,
Director: Juan Jose Campanella
El secreto de sus ojos (to give it its Argentinean title) arrives on our
shores having collected the Academy Award this year for Best Foreign Language
Set in 1999, Ricardo Darin (a popular Argentinean actor) plays former
investigator Benjamin Esposito who's retired but not been able to put one case
out of his mind.
25 years ago, Esposito investigated the brutal rape and murder of a 23 year
old woman - but despite pursuing several leads, Esposito and his partner
Sandoval never managed to close the case.
One suspect emerges and the duo try everything in their power to get him
convicted - but as Esposito recalls the case for a novel, he begins to realise
that he has to reopen the case.
Not only that, but he must rediscover the feelings he buried a long time ago
for his boss Irene&.
The Secret In Their Eyes is a solid crime drama; gritty and involving. It
also has some wonderful character moments and the partnership between Esposito
and Sandoval has some brilliant quirky and humorous moments.
But there's an undercurrent of tragedy in this slightly over long film thanks
in part to the lost love theme running throughout. Esposito suffers from a
destructive unrequited love and the murdered victim's husband suffers from a
mournful desire to find out exactly what happened to his wife. As the truth
begins to unravel at the denouement, there's a powderkeg of emotions waiting to
explode as the slow burner finally ignites.
The Secret In Their Eyes will drag you in - it may take a little time to get
going but once it's got its nails into you, it won't let go.