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The Secret in Their Eyes -- Recently retired criminal court investigator Benjamin (Ricardo Darin), decides to write a novel based on a twenty-five year old unresolved rape and murder case, which still haunts him. Sharing his plans with Irene (Soledad Villamil), the beautiful judge and former colleague he has secretly been in love with for years, Benjamin�۪s initial involvement with the case is shown through flashbacks, as ..
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Directed by
Juan José Campanella 
Writing credits
Eduardo Sacheri (written by) &
Juan José Campanella (written by)

Eduardo Sacheri (novel "La pregunta de sus ojos")

Produced by
Daniela Alvarado .... delegate producer
Mariela Besuievsky .... producer
Juan José Campanella .... producer
Gerardo Herrero .... executive producer
Guillermo Imsteyf .... assistant producer
Axel Kuschevatzky .... associate producer
Vanessa Ragone .... executive producer
Carolina Urbieta .... producer
Original Music by
Federico Jusid 
Cinematography by
Félix Monti 
Film Editing by
Juan José Campanella 
Casting by
Walter Rippel  (as Walter Rippell)
Art Direction by
Marcelo Pont Vergés  (as Marcelo Pont)
Costume Design by
Cecilia Monti 
Makeup Department
Javier Alfonso .... assistant hair stylist
Mariela Andújar .... assistant makeup artist
María Paz Antonino .... assistant makeup artist
Esther Barbini .... assistant hair stylist
Fernanda Cacivio .... assistant makeup artist
Mirta Castillo .... assistant hair stylist
Gabriela d'Agostino .... assistant makeup artist
Osvaldo Esperón .... hair stylist
Araceli Farace .... assistant hair stylist
Mora Guazzone .... assistant makeup artist
Lucía Marachi Levy .... assistant makeup artist (as Lucía Marachli Levy)
Eduardo Poli .... assistant makeup artist
Norberto Poli .... assistant hair stylist
Lucila Robirosa .... makeup artist
Oscar Rodríguez .... assistant hair stylist
Cecilia Smith .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Muriel Cabeza .... production manager
Federico Noejovich .... location production manager
Federico Posternak .... line producer
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fernando Alcalde .... assistant director
Marisol Freites .... first assistant director
Glenda Heevel .... second assistant director
Juan Pablo Esquivel .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Milagros Hormazábal .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Lucas Amado .... key scenic
Martín Batres .... graphic designer
Florencia Bembyh .... poster designer (as Florencia Bembihy)
Juan Cavia .... set designer
Flor Colombatti .... art coordinator (as Florencia Colombatti)
Cristian Fernandez .... painter
Ariel Frias .... assistant property master
Juan Giribaldi .... assistant art director
Laura Guaragna .... set dresser
Cecilia Jacquemin .... props
Augusto Latorraca .... assistant property master
Andrea Soledad San Martín .... graphic designer
Jorge Sesán .... property master
Sol Soto .... painter
Sebastián Osvaldo Vaina .... graphic designer
Mariano Vera .... poster designer
Sound Department
José Caldararo .... foley artist
Vicente D'Elia .... foley artist
Bechen de Loredo .... foley editor (as Alejandro Bechen de Loredo)
Bechen de Loredo .... foley editor
Leandro de Loredo .... adr recordist
Leandro de Loredo .... foley recordist
José Luis Díaz .... sound (as José Luis Díaz Ouzande)
Sergio Fernández .... dialogue recording
Carlos Garrido .... sound re-recording mixer
Diego Garrido .... mixer assistant
Esteban Golubicki .... foley recordist
Gonzalo Matijas .... sound effects editor
Santiago Morone .... boom operator
Rubén Piputto .... sound recordist
Boris Piñero .... boom operator (as Boris Piñeiro)
Jaume Puig .... sound consultant: Dolby
Cecilia Rivero .... dialogue editor
Francisco Rizzi .... foley artist
Ricardo Viñas .... dolby engineer
Special Effects by
Mariela Aracena .... special effects makeup
Federico Cueva .... special effects supervisor
Cecilia Larrea .... special effects makeup
Mauricio Leon .... special effects makeup
Carlos Marquez .... special effects assistant
Alex Mathews .... special effects makeup
Silvana Vega .... special effects makeup
Visual Effects by
Flavio Bianchi .... matchmove artist
Hernán Bressan .... digital compositor: digital matte painter: rotoscope artist and rotoscope supervisor
Pablo José Fuertes .... additional visual effects
Marcelo G. García .... visual effects producer
Romina Lareu .... additional visual effects coordinator: Malditomaus
Ignacio López Larsen .... visual effects artist
Martin López Funes .... additional visual effects
Carlos Marquez .... 3D assistant
Matias Ezequiel Mastrogiano .... visual effects artist
Horacio Mendoza .... visual effects artist
Juan Olivares .... digital compositor
Pablo Palomeque .... additional matte painter
Roberto J. Sanchez .... visual effects artist
Mauro F. Serei .... animator
Ariel Hernán Sotomayor .... visual effects artist
Ignacio Suárez Rubio .... visual effects artist
Rodrigo Tomasso .... lead compositor (as Rodrigo S. Tomasso)
Rodrigo Tomasso .... visual effects supervisor (as Rodrigo S. Tomasso)
Ezequiel Villanueva .... digital compositor
Marcelo Santiago Yañes .... visual effects artist
Federico Cueva .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
María Antolini .... still photographer
Manuel Bullrich .... assistant director of photography
Miguel Caram .... cameraman
Guillermo Duckevich .... assistant camera (as Guillermo Dudkevich)
Roberto Escalante .... genny operator
Juan Alejo Fernandez .... grip
Juan Fernández .... grip assist
Juan Fernández .... grip
Marcos Hastrup .... second assistant camera
Daniel Hermo .... gaffer
Daniel Hermo .... grip
María Fernanda Mallo .... second unit: second assistant camera
Jaime Muschietti .... electrician (as Jaime Alberto Muschietti)
Matías Nicolás .... first assistant camera
Federico Rivarés .... second unit: camera
Cristian Rodríguez .... grip assistant
Santiago Salvini .... second unit: first assistant camera
Leonel Pazos Scioli .... digital imaging technician
Xoana Tessandori .... second unit: second assistant camera
Animation Department
Hernán Bressan .... model designer: animator
Casting Department
Sebastián Mogordoy .... casting assistant
Ileana Rippel .... casting assistant (as Ileana Ripell)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Magdalena Barragán .... costume trainee (as Lucía Magdalena Barragán)
Natalia Cabarga .... costume trainee
Sol Muñiz .... second assistant costume designer
Soledad Muñiz .... costume assistant
María Navarro .... seamstress
Luciana Olmedo-Wehitt .... wardrobe assistant
Natalia Rocca .... first assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Francisco Freixa .... assistant editor (as Francisco Freixá)
Javier Marchetti .... post-production coordinator
Miguel P. Gilaberte .... digital intermediate colorist
Jorge Russo .... color consultant
Location Management
Diego Igartua .... location assistant
Federico Noejovich .... location scout
Martin Rago .... location assistant (as Martín Rago)
Genaro Spadari .... location trainee
Daniela Yawien .... location assistant
Music Department
Vladislav Boyadjiev .... music scoring engineer
Gustavo Gini .... orchestrator
Federico Jusid .... musician: piano
Stefan Karrer .... soundtrack album producer
Sebastián Kauderer .... composer: additional music
Sebastián Kauderer .... musical arrangements
Sebastián Kauderer .... musician: piano
Sebastián Kauderer .... orchestrator
Anele Onyekwere .... music editor
Anele Onyekwere .... music mixer
Anele Onyekwere .... music producer
Marston Smith .... musician: cello
María Ulled .... music executive producer
Other crew
Florence Alexandre .... press attaché: France
Winnie Baert .... production coordinator
Emilie Barat-Chart .... french adaptation: original version with subtitles
Martiniano Cardoso .... making-of
Carolina Castro .... production secretary
Cristian Catania .... production assistant
Ignacio Di Bitonto .... production assistant (as Nacho Di Bitonto)
Pablo Dávila .... graphic designer
Alexandra Faussier .... press attaché: France
Fanny Garancher .... press attaché: France
Tony Gray .... subtitler: english
María Guisado .... publicist: Spain
Guillermo Imsteyf .... production coordinator
David Magdael .... publicist
Judith V. Malamud .... legal advisor
Carmen Martínez Rebé .... production coordinator
Lina Montello .... production secretary
Curro Muñoz .... end titles
Curro Muñoz .... ending credits
Valeria Pivato .... script supervisor
Tati Rojas .... production assistant
Rocío Solano .... press: Spain
Trini Solano .... press: Spain
Carolina Urbieta .... production coordinator
Aída Bortnik .... special thanks
Silvio Cheli .... thanks
Ricardo Freixa .... special thanks
Félix Monti .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"El secreto de sus ojos" - Argentina (original title)
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Rated R for a rape scene, violent images, some graphic nudity and language
129 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:MA15+ | Brazil:16 | Canada:18A (Alberta) | Canada:14A (British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 (bw) | Hong Kong:III | Ireland:16 | Japan:PG12 | Netherlands:16 | Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | Spain:7 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | Taiwan:R-18 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #45946)

Did You Know?

This is the second movie directed by Juan José Campanella to receive an Oscar nomination. The first one was Son of the Bride (2001).See more »
Continuity: 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 sunlight on her left cheek...
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Movie Connections:
References "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1964)See more »
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213 out of 256 people found the following review useful.
The secret of Juan José, 15 August 2009
Author: jpschapira from Argentina

In my country, Juan José Campanella is synonym of 'cinema of the highest order'. The director works in USA and from time to time he brings a new film. We know, dramatically, what we're going to watch: Ricardo Darín in an important role, a lot of sentimentalism, references to the country's past, a love story. And technically, if it's the highest order, there won't be any complaints. When the film ended, the people in the movie theater started clapping.

"El secreto de sus ojos" tells the story of Benjamín Esposito (Darín) and his need to tell the story of a case that wasn't completely solved 25 years ago and had an important impact in his life. A woman raped and killed and a husband with the surname Morales (Pablo Rago) who went every day to every train station in Buenos Aires to see if he could find the killer. "You have to see his eyes; they are in a state of pure love", Benjamín professes in front of Irene Hastings (Soledad Villamil); his boss and the woman he loves.

There are things we never forget, Campanella knows well, and that might be the film's most important declaration. We expect from the director a powerful love that grows with the years, as we saw with Darín and Villamil in "El mismo amor, la misma lluvia"; we expect characters with inner ghosts, things to hide and things to hold on to; we expect total control over the language of the environment (in "El mismo amor..." it was a magazine staff, in "Luna de Avellaneda" the neighborhood club), a knowledge of the customs and the way of speaking of characters that makes for day-to-day comedy. In this aspect, the casting of Guillermo Francella as Pablo Sandoval is crucial. Taking the place of the best friend role always in charge of Fernando Blanco, the comedian plays a drunk with a lot of respect for friendship. His change of look, the measurement of his composition and how he enlightens it with comic touches make for one of the year's best performances.

That's about everything we can expect. The fact is "El secreto de sus ojos" is a very good movie because there are things we don't see coming. The film contains a treatment of a police investigation that hasn't been seen in our cinema for years. In his riskiest picture, Campanella flirts with thriller, mystery and real action (handy-cam included); he acquires true tension and a sequence in a soccer stadium is the best example of it. He understands when silence is required and when the loneliness of the characters –each of them with a rich, mysterious private and inner world- must be seen fully. It's quite embarrassing in fact, because Darín as a director tried to achieve something like that with "La señal". Even though it's obvious Campanella took no inspiration from that film, everything that went wrong there can be seen here, improved. And Soledad Villamil is no femme fatale. I take a risk, however, and defy you to tell me if, because of image and makeup resemblance, and disposition of images and voice in off, the movie towards the finish line doesn't take direct inspiration from Chris Nolan's "The Prestige". It's quoting it somehow, at least.

It's very moving to watch excellent performances from recognized actors. We've seen them on screen so much, we know what they do, we admire them and respect them and, as with Campanella, we tend to know what to expect. However, sometimes they enchant us with every face in every frame, with every word in every conversation. I'm trying to explain to you the feeling of what Villamil and Darín do in this film: it's enchanting and contagious, purely human (as it occurred in "El mismo amor..."), but at the same time moving, simply because they're not unprofessional actors that fit in the look of the film, or young actors with expressive faces, or newcomers that take our breath away: they are Ricardo Darín and Soledad Villamil. Campanella has a lot to do with this, because he knows how to make them work together and he made an effort so they would not repeat what they had given us in the other film I've mentioned.

The fact that Fernando Castets didn't write the film calls our attention; the script was written by the director and Eduardo Sacheri. It also calls our attention that Campanella himself edited the movie. Is this film-making of the highest order? I believe so, in our country, and speaking of something commercially successful too. It's the only movie seen by many people that can generate interest in revising the director's previous work and, who knows, maybe other national pieces.

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