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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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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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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 »


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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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Pablo Rago, who plays Ricardo Morales, is the only Argentinian actor who work in the two Argentinian Oscar winner movies: La Historia Oficial (1985) y El Secreto de sus ojos (2009) See more »

Goofs

We are to believe that Benjamin pulls on Irene's blouse, and pops off several buttons, but he didn't touch it, he missed. You can hear some buttons hit the ground, but none were actually missing from her shirt until the next shot. 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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Tema de Irene
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Smells like a masterpiece!
26 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

Wow what a great movie really! It began like a simple crime story but the wonderful use of subjects, symbols and strong references turned it in to a masterpiece. Details about Eva Peron's Argentina and questioning of the terms of law and justice. My interest is increasing for Latin American Cinema when I watch such beautiful works. By the way I watched this movie in It's original language. Subtitles were translated into English. I think by using "Google Translate" which sucks. But I had to use it cause there was not any subtitle in my native language yet. Despite all these problems, it was so impressive. You shall see it at once!


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