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The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

El secreto de sus ojos (original title)
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The Secret in Their Eyes is a movie starring Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, and Pablo Rago. 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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Irene Menéndez Hastings
... Benjamín Esposito
... Liliana Coloto
... Ricardo Morales
... Isidoro Gómez
Bárbara Palladino ... Chica Piropo
Rudy Romano ... Ordóñez
Alejandro Abelenda ... Pinche Mariano
... Juez Fortuna Lacalle
... Pablo Sandoval
Sebastián Blanco ... Pinche Tino
... Romano
José Luis Gioia ... Báez - Inspector
Juan José Ortíz ... Agente Cardozo
Kiko Cerone ... Molinari
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Storyline

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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An unresolved crime. A story of love. An unwritten ending. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office

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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As of June 2010, this is the first Argentinian movie to reach the IMDb Top 250. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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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References The New Mike Hammer (1984) See more »

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Réquiem
Written by Emilio Kauderer
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Extraordinary Film
6 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

Last night I went to watch this flick, and I must say that all in all, I ended up quite surprised because of it's impressive quality. Taking into account that I was already expecting superior film, indeed, it came out to be even more outstanding than I thought, mainly because of the rare combination of noir genre with very precise and measured funny moments and especially an incredibly faithful description of the Argentine system of justice and the characters that compose it. This last element is just perfect. The movie keeps your attention all the time -no decays at all- and the set design is also great, to such extent that it left me wondering what the tricks of the trade employed to achieve such similarity are. Foreign watchers might not fully understand some great details that are mainly local, but anyway they will surely enjoy the thrilling aspects of the film. It would be enough for them to say that almost all this locale's are just true, no matter how incredible they might look.


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