The secret in their eyes is the English equivalent to the Oscar winning film for best Foreign Language at the 82nd Academy Awards El secreto de sus ojos. Last night, I had the pleasure of watching this movie, which was directed by Juan Jose Campanella. Actually, I hadn’t heard of the movie before yesterday; I just picked it because it was the earliest showing and I had to wake up at 4:30am to work the next morning.
I walked into the dimly lit theatre room a little apprehensive because I had the distinct feeling that the movie was going to be long [which it was], and my throat became constricted when I noticed some elderly people making their way to their seats. Evidently, they noticed the disparity in our ages and shared the same sentiments; they asked if they were in the right room for the movie. Well they were; I was soon to discover that the movie encompasses themes that can touch all ages is all! El secreto de sus ojos, which we viewed in Spanish with English subtitles, blurred those ever present lines we tend to draw between the young& fresh and the prehistoric (I kid).
Campanella’s brainchild guides us through the past & present quite effortlessly. A full head of jet black hair on the main character as opposed to his present-day grey was a clear indicator that we were being thrust into the past. The story is partly set in 1974; Benjamin Esposito, a federal justice agent, sets out to find the person who killed and raped a beautiful young Liliana Colotto. Thrown into the mix is her widowed husband, Esposito’s alcoholic assistant and the department chief Menendez-Hastings among other memorable characters.
25 years after the murder, Esposito decides to write a novel about the drama that unfolded and how it linked up with his personal life. El secreto de sus ojos teaches us valuable lessons about memories, death and love. This blend of crime, drama and suspence was a masterpiece; the love between the department chief and Esposito is so touching, and it isnt thown into your face. Their romance is all so subtle and sexy. There’s a quiet fire burning thwoughout the film, and at the end you are left wishing the breeze hadn’t suddenly come to put it out. By the way, the end is shocking!
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