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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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)


$9,529,039 (USA) (26 November 2015)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Pablo Sandoval explains the "passions" of the main characters, in the pub scene, he compares Irene with Susanita in her bride-to-be mania. Susanita is a character in the famous Argentinian comic-strip Mafalda, by Quino. Susanita is a blonde elementary school girl who is known for always talking about her future handsome husband and her future beautiful wedding, when she is not gossiping about the neighbor's marriages. See more »


When Esposito is visiting the victim's home for the second time to go through the photographs, he asks Morales whether he would support the death penalty if Liliana's killer was apprehended. Morales answers; "He would just get an injection and go to sleep." Lethal injection has never been employed in Argentina and was legislated in Texas (the first jurisdiction to adopt the method) only in 1977, three years after the scene is set; hence, it is very unlikely that Morales would consider it as a hypothetical method of execution. 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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this is what we call.............................flawless
14 January 2010 | by (India) – See all my reviews

One of the most perfect movie i have ever seen.This type of movie come once in a while,and remains with you for a long time.

The best thing of the movie is cinematography that makes movie so beautiful.They use camera so well and scenes are shot so beautifully especially soccer match scene.They give a very realistic feel to movie. the scene of the crime is shown very realistic.

Great acting by all the actors.all characters are very well portrait by actors.

The story of the movie is so emotional and deeply involving and have very well written dialogues. this movie kept me so engaged with all the perfect twists and pace. this movie have everything crime,romance,drama,thriller and have some moments that makes you laugh.

Direction of the movie is flawless,this movie is almost perfect in all the departments.I hardly found any mistake in the movie.

This movie deserves at least three Oscar nomination this year for screenplay ,cinematography and best movie in foreign language.

This movie is a masterpiece and will be remembered among greatest movies ever made(at least by me).

I give this movie 10/10

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