At the 2009 Oscar Awards this film was the winner in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Hailing from Argentina and directed by Juan Jose Campanella (directed several episodes of House and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit), the film is about the truth and closure.
Benjamin (Ricardo Darin), a recently retired criminal court investigator, decides to keep busy and put to rest the guilt he feels about an unsolved rape/murder case by writing a book. The novel will be based on the twenty-five year old case. He tells Irene (Soledad Villamil), the judge and former colleague of his intentions. Benjamin has actually secretly carried a flame for her for many years. They cannot be together because of class differences.
We see the case through Benjamin's flashbacks about it. He is determined to figure out who committed the murder. Obviously not only Benjamin was affected by what happened to Liliana Coloto (Carla Quevedo), but so was her husband, Ricardo Morales (Pablo Rago), and Benjamin's assistant, Pablo Sandoval (Guillermo Francella). The department had two suspects, but Benjamin and Pablo were sure that Isidoro Gomez (Javier Godino – Deception) was the killer.
Going through the details of the case Benjamin does not really think that he will solve it once and for all these many years later. Though he does think that going over it will bring him some closure. But once he starts the investigation layers previously unseen begin to unravel and Benjamin becomes borderline obsessed.
Most of the time the titles of films are totally perplexing or ridiculous. This is one of the rare occasions when it totally sums up the film. The story unfolds through all the characters eyes and where they are looking. The look of lust between two or a murderous look in a killers eyes. Just focus on it and you might unravel the mystery.
The universal emotions and experiences of justice, revenge and retribution are given a good going over in Juan Jose Campanella's latest film. He is very good at using feelings that we have all felt at with some varying degree over the course of our lives. So good in fact that you will feel scared, frustrated and tense at different points of the film. His skill as a storyteller is so good that you will be feeling and thinking at the same time. A complete experience.
Provoking film for adult audiences.
-Previews of Blu-ray Disc is High Definition, A Prophet, Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky, Let Low, Please Give, The Pillars of the Earth, Animal Kingdom, The White Ribbon, and Micmacs
-Behind the Scenes of The Secret in Their Eyes
-Casting The Secret in Their Eyes
-The Secret in Their Eyes Soundtrack