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The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
"El secreto de sus ojos" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  21 May 2010 (USA)
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A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pablo Rago ...
Bárbara Palladino ...
Chica Piropo
Rudy Romano ...
Alejandro Abelenda ...
Mario Alarcón ...
Sebastián Blanco ...
Mariano Argento ...
José Luis Gioia ...
Báez - Inspector
Juan José Ortíz ...
Kiko Cerone ...


In 1999, retired Argentinian federal justice agent Benjamín Espósito is writing a novel, using an old closed case as the source material. That case is the brutal rape and murder of Liliana Coloto. In addition to seeing the extreme grief of the victim's husband Ricardo Morales, Benjamín, his assistant Pablo Sandoval, and newly hired department chief Irene Menéndez-Hastings were personally affected by the case as Benjamín and Pablo tracked the killer, hence the reason why the unsatisfactory ending to the case has always bothered him. Despite the department already having two other suspects, Benjamín and Pablo ultimately were certain that a man named Isidoro Gómez is the real killer. Although he is aware that historical accuracy is not paramount for the novel, the process of revisiting the case is more an issue of closure for him. He tries to speak to the key players in the case, most specifically Irene, who still works in the justice department and who he has always been attracted to ... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for a rape scene, violent images, some graphic nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 May 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Secret in Their Eyes  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$167,866 (USA) (16 April 2010)


$6,390,014 (USA) (15 October 2010)

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Guillermo Francella (who is a very well known comedic actor in Argentina) had to shave a mustache he had been carrying for more than 20 years as a request from director Juan José Campanella. See more »


The young Benjamín Esposito is left-handed - you can see it when he is writing some notes at the office, regarding Isidoro's letters. Old Esposito is, on the contrary, right-handed (check out the very beginning of the movie, when he's starting to write his essay). See more »


[first lines]
[English subtitles]
Benjamín Esposito: [voiceover] On June 21st, 1974, Ricardo Morales had breakfast with Liliana Coloto for the last time. For the rest of his life he'd remember every single detail of that morning. Planning their first vacation... Drinking tea with lemon for his nagging cough... with his usual lump and a half of sugar. The fresh berry jam he'd never taste again. The flowers printed on her nightgown... and especially, her smile. That smile like the sunrise... blending in with the ...
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References The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) See more »


Written by Emilio Kauderer
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as good as anything out there
4 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Simply put, this is one of the finest films I've ever seen. I don't say that lightly, I don't exaggerate when it comes to talking about movies -- but everything about this one, from the acting to the writing, to the camera work, to the directorial decisions, is grade A. The story deals with deep matters, and it does so one step at a time, with a plot that moves steadily forward, gathering force, substance and intensity, not settling for easy answers or plot points, not cutting corners. The characters are complicated, interesting, believable, flawed, funny, tragic and deeply human.

I prefer not to get specific about what happens -- I mostly want to try to get across the quality of this bugger. So I'll say it again: it's one of the best films I've ever seen, as good as anything out there. If there's any justice, a lot of people will see it.

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