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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)


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

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Award: Grand Prix et Prix Spécial Police du Festival de Beaune 2010. 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 Perry Mason (1957) See more »


Written by Emilio Kauderer
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Absolutely impeccable, great film!
4 December 2009 | by (Paraguay) – See all my reviews

I agree with SanFava. I am a follower of Campanella's and Darin. I have seen all previous three films. However, this one surpasses them all!. This is a great script, top-notch acting by everyone, partly thanks to the excellent casting. Superb cinematography. The film basically explores what "passion" is to the human being. A great passion (on various areas) is involved in almost all characters. You have suspense, a clever detective story, some surprising twists, etc. Darin has an "aura" (paraphrasing the the title of the film he worked in, "The Aura") that illuminates the whole screen. His presence is as powerful in the screen as that of Gene Hackman, Pacino, DeNiro or Hoffman (the top, great ones). I sincerely hope this movie gets his due awards (Oscar included), because it deserves so!).

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