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The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

El secreto de sus ojos (original title)
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A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.

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Eduardo Sacheri (screenplay), Juan José Campanella (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Soledad Villamil ... Irene Menéndez Hastings
Ricardo Darín ... Benjamín Esposito
Carla Quevedo ... Liliana Coloto
Pablo Rago ... Ricardo Morales
Javier Godino ... Isidoro Gómez
Bárbara Palladino Bárbara Palladino ... Chica Piropo
Rudy Romano Rudy Romano ... Ordóñez
Alejandro Abelenda Alejandro Abelenda ... Pinche Mariano
Mario Alarcón ... Juez Fortuna Lacalle
Guillermo Francella ... Pablo Sandoval
Sebastián Blanco Sebastián Blanco ... Pinche Tino
Mariano Argento ... Romano
José Luis Gioia José Luis Gioia ... Báez - Inspector
Juan José Ortíz Juan José Ortíz ... Agente Cardozo
Kiko Cerone Kiko Cerone ... Molinari
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Storyline

In 1999, retired Argentinian federal justice agent Benjamín Espósito is writing a novel, using an old closed case as the source material. That case is the brutal rape and murder of Liliana Coloto. In addition to seeing the extreme grief of the victim's husband Ricardo Morales, Benjamín, his assistant Pablo Sandoval, and newly hired department chief Irene Menéndez-Hastings were personally affected by the case as Benjamín and Pablo tracked the killer, hence the reason why the unsatisfactory ending to the case has always bothered him. Despite the department already having two other suspects, Benjamín and Pablo ultimately were certain that a man named Isidoro Gómez is the real killer. Although he is aware that historical accuracy is not paramount for the novel, the process of revisiting the case is more an issue of closure for him. He tries to speak to the key players in the case, most specifically Irene, who still works in the justice department and who he has always been attracted to ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

A crime. A mystery. A love. The secret of their lives is about to be revealed. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a rape scene, violent images, some graphic nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Argentina | Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

21 May 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Secret in Their Eyes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

ARS 2,883,567 (Argentina), 16 August 2009, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$167,866, 18 April 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,391,436

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,527,719
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Pablo Sandoval explains the "passions" of the main characters, in the pub scene, he compares Irene with Susanita in her bride-to-be mania. Susanita is a character in the famous Argentinian comic-strip Mafalda, by Quino. Susanita is a blonde elementary school girl who is known for always talking about her future handsome husband and her future beautiful wedding, when she is not gossiping about the neighbor's marriages. See more »

Goofs

When they first find Liliana's dead body, her eyes are closed. But the next time we see her body her eyes are opened and a police officer comes and closes her eyes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[English subtitles]
Benjamín Esposito: [voiceover] On June 21st, 1974, Ricardo Morales had breakfast with Liliana Coloto for the last time. For the rest of his life he'd remember every single detail of that morning. Planning their first vacation... Drinking tea with lemon for his nagging cough... with his usual lump and a half of sugar. The fresh berry jam he'd never taste again. The flowers printed on her nightgown... and especially, her smile. That smile like the sunrise... blending in with the ...
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Deserves the Acclaim It Has Received
5 March 2010 | by FilmRapSee all my reviews

When Juan Jose Campanella is not directing episodes of Law and Order, CSI or the like, he periodically returns to Argentina make a movie. In this case he directed and co-wrote the screenplay of The Secret in Their Eyes. Thus far it is the most successful movie in Argentina in the past thirty-five years and now in just few days after we saw it, we will find out if this Academy Award nominated movie for the Best Foreign Film will win an Oscar. It reminds us of the French movie, Tell No One, one of our all time favorites, as it is also a sophisticated detective story with an easy flowing but yet a complicated plot that keeps you thinking and guessing throughout the story. It is in Spanish, of course, with good subtitles. This movie is not only a mystery, crime movie but it is also a subtle romantic film which is has very good comedic moments. There is the use of a narrative technique that allows you to see the story through the imagination and the memory of the main character Benjamin Esposito played by well-known Argentine actor Ricardo Darin. There are skillfully done movements, which go back and forth in time as well as shifting the point of view, which on a few occasions took a few moments for us to orient ourselves. The acting, directing and photography were superb with great realism and therefore it surprised us to learn that the budget was only two million dollars. As required for all good movies of this genre, there is a strong ending, which will hold your interest and encourage further reflection.


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