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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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Eduardo Sacheri (screenplay), Juan José Campanella (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Top Rated Movies #139 | Won 1 Oscar. Another 51 wins & 42 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Soledad Villamil ... Irene Menéndez Hastings
Ricardo Darín ... Benjamín Esposito
Carla Quevedo ... Liliana Coloto
Pablo Rago ... Ricardo Morales
Javier Godino ... Isidoro Gómez
Bárbara Palladino Bárbara Palladino ... Chica Piropo
Rudy Romano Rudy Romano ... Ordóñez
Alejandro Abelenda Alejandro Abelenda ... Pinche Mariano
Mario Alarcón ... Juez Fortuna Lacalle
Guillermo Francella ... Pablo Sandoval
Sebastián Blanco Sebastián Blanco ... Pinche Tino
Mariano Argento ... Romano
José Luis Gioia José Luis Gioia ... Báez - Inspector
Juan José Ortíz Juan José Ortíz ... Agente Cardozo
Kiko Cerone 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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Taglines:

An unsolved crime. An unrequited 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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Details

Country:

Argentina | Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

21 May 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Secret in Their Eyes See more »

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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:

$6,391,436

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,527,719
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The train station in the opening scene shows the bright yellow stripes on the edges of platforms for the people with visual disabilities. That feature wasn't used in the 1970s: they became mandatory a few decades later when the laws on barrier-free accessibility for the people with disabilities were enacted in many parts of the world. See more »

Quotes

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[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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Referenced in Cine Terapia: Cine Terapia - Axel Kuschevatzky (2017) See more »

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Réquiem
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Absolutely impeccable, great film!
4 December 2009 | by casch0101See 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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