The Secret In Their Eyes (El secreto de sus ojos)
Cert: 15 Year: 2009 Length: 129 mins Language: Spanish
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Score: 88.62% Attendance: 187
Winner of the 2009 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Campanella's thriller is set in Buenos Aires in 1999, and centres on retired investigator Benjamin whose efforts to write a novel are frustrated when he finds himself unable to shake off his memories of a twenty-five year old unresolved rape and murder case. It highlights too the turbulent nature of Argentina in the 1970s, a period in which the country was descending into military dictatorships. Benjamin’s search for the truth will put him at the centre of a judicial nightmare, as the mystery of the heinous crime continues to unfold, testing the limits of a man seeking justice and personal fulfilment.
Beautifully made and superbly written, this is an emotionally absorbing thriller with a terrific central performance from Ricardo Darin.
Here is a man (Campanella) who creates a complete, engrossing, lovingly-crafted film. Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-times
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