The Secret In Their Eyes


(out of 5)

Original title:  El Secreto De Sus Ojos

A retired civil servant () has decided to write a novel about the most memorable and unsolved case in his career working for a Buenos Aires judge: the rape and murder of a young woman whose killer was never brought to justice. The event happened on the eve of Videla’s military coup, and his exploration of this particular case brings back not only painful memories of an investigation fraught with personal tragedies, but one that takes his colleagues to a time they’d rather forget. This entertaining, absorbing thriller touches on elements both personal and political as it explores a nation’s wounds through a routine police story, blessed with exceptional performances and a deliberate, careful pace. Director Juan Jose Campanella never manages to make anything profound out of the various elements he connects, but he does make something extremely easy to watch that is satisfying even for those without a strong knowledge of the nation’s history.

Tornasol Films, Haddock Films, 100 Bares, Televisión Federal, Televisión Española, Canal+ España, Ministerio de Cultura – ICAA, Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales, Instituto de Crédito Oficial

Argentina/Spain, 2009

Directed by

Screenplay by , Juan Jose Campanella, based on the novel La Pregunta de Sus Ojos by Eduardo Sacheri

Cinematography by

Produced by , Juan Jose Campanella,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by Juan Jose Campanella

Academy Awards 2009

European Film Awards 2010.  

Toronto International Film Festival 1999

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