Academy Award® Nominated: El Secreto de Sus Ojos (The Secret of Her Eyes) ~ Argentina

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El Secreto de Sus Ojos
The story, set in 1999, is told in flashback form: in June 1974 a federal justice agent, Benjamín Espósito, becomes spellbound by and subsequently entangled in the investigation of the crime of a young woman, brutally raped and murdered inside her house in a Buenos Aires neighbourhood. Her widowed husband, bank employee Ricardo Morales, is shocked by the news; Espósito vows to find the killer and bring him to justice. In his ordeal he is aided by his alcoholic assistent Pablo Sandoval and a newcomer, the upper class lawyer Irene Menéndez-Hastings, who takes over as department chief. Espósito’s rivaling partner Romano pins the murder on two immigrant workers so as to get rid of the matter – an issue that enrages Espósito, who attacks Romano in a fury.

He finds a tip soon enough while looking over some old pictures provided by Morales: he comes across a dubious young man – identified as Isidoro Gómez – who looks at the victim in a suspicious way in several photos. Espósito investigates the whereabouts of Gómez, and determines that he is living and working in Buenos Aires, but fails to locate him.

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Credits

Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Juan José Campanella
Screenplay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Juan José Campanella and Eduardo Sacheri
Producers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mariela Besuievsky and Juan José Campanella
Cinematography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Félix Monti
Editing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Juan José Campanella
Production Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marcelo Pont
Costume Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cecilia Monti
Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Federico Jusid
Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . José Luis Díaz Ouzande
Production Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Haddock Films

The cast includes: Ricardo Darín (Benjamín Espósito), Soledad Villamil (Irene Menéndez Hastings), Pablo Rago (Ricardo Morales), Guillermo Francella (Pablo Sandoval), Javier Godina (Gómez).

Reviews

IMDB member from Spain
This is quite frankly an astonishing film. One that fills your entire array of senses and sensitivities, and the praise from Argentine reviewers here is 100 percent justified. Ricardo Darín turns in another majestic performance as a Buenos Aires court employee who is fiercely affected by the rape and murder of a young girl in 1974, a tragedy that dominates his life. Overlapping this theme is the powerfully sensual but never physical relationship between Darín and his superior, the investigating judge played by the superb Soledad Villamil. The connection between the two is electric. It’s a pity this film cannot easily transcend the language barrier, if it was an English-language film of the same quality it would already be hailed as a masterpiece. The blending of tragedy, love, violence and humour is brilliant, and the comedy dialogue fantastic. One scene where Ricardo Darín is balled out for having searched an old lady’s house is priceless in terms of comic timing and delivery. A wonderful performance also from Guillermo Francella as the court clerk with a drinking problem, in fact the secondary acting is all first-class. The camera-work is impressive, especially the swoop down into the football stadium and the closeups, and the script is also superb. Argentina has nominated the film as its candidate for best foreign film at the Oscar’s, it deserves to walk it.

Did You Know?

This is the sixth nomination for Argentina. As of 2009 El Secreto de Sus Ojos is Argentina’s most viewed cinema movie since 1983, with nearly 3 million viewers. This is the second movie directed by Juan José Campanella to receive an Oscar nomination. The first one was El Hijo de la Novia (2001).

One Nomination

Best Foreign Language Film~Argentina

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