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The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

El secreto de sus ojos (original title)
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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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Liliana Coloto
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Bárbara Palladino ...
Chica Piropo
Rudy Romano ...
Ordóñez
Alejandro Abelenda ...
Pinche Mariano
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Sebastián Blanco ...
Pinche Tino
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Romano
José Luis Gioia ...
Juan José Ortíz ...
Agente Cardozo
Kiko Cerone ...
Molinari
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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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21 May 2010 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

ARS 2,883,567 (Argentina), 16 August 2009, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$167,866, 18 April 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,167,424, 8 January 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,965,843, 31 December 2011
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Director Juan José Campanella was not happy with the english translation of the title. The original title was intentionally ambiguous, since the spanish word "sus" could mean "their", but also "his" or "her". See more »

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When they first find Liliana's dead body, her eyes are closed. But the next time we see her body her eyes are opened and a police officer comes and closes her eyes. See more »

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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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as good as anything out there
4 December 2009 | by 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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