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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

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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2.35 : 1
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Ricardo Darín and Soledad Villamil also starred together in El mismo amor, la misma lluvia (1999) See more »

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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 »

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

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Written by Emilio Kauderer
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One of the greatest movie I saw
7 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

I am one of the people who always criticized Argentinian movies, because most of the times the scripts makes no sense or the story is slow or some scenes pointless, but El Secreto de sus Ojos is a master piece.

The ambiance, the photography, the script, the acting (I cannot stand Guillermo Francella but in this movie he completely shut my mouth, wonderful acting), everything makes this one of the greatest Argentinian movies I ever saw.

On a side note, as a reply to dardo766 I have to tell you that it may be childish for you the language in that scene, but actually is very common here all the swearing you are complaining. I think one of the greatest things of the movie is the dialogs, with or without swearing, it is very local and this might be the only flaw of the movie.


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