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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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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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 unsolved crime. An unrequited 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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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 »

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We are to believe that Benjamín pulls on Irene's blouse and pops off several buttons, but he actually grabbed her hair rather than her blouse. 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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A Masterpiece...
14 March 2010 | by somkavirajSee all my reviews

I am a big movie aficionado and watch a lot of movies. I guess you can say movies are my passion. After watching The Secret in their Eyes, though I confess I had my reservations as the movie was in a foreign language and I felt I won't be able to enjoy much as the real emotions and feelings mostly can't be conveyed in translations. Thus with such thoughts I proceeded to watch the movie.

Initially, the plot and the character build up seemed nothing out of the ordinary but then gradually as the movie progressed it held me in rapt attention.

Then it was simply impossible to let go, I was entirely swathed in this marvelous and sublime creation. The story line, the direction,the acting, editing, background music etc. simply sublime.

This is the kind of movie which mesmerizes you, captivates you and simply won't let go. The human emotions expressed and portrayed are bound to touch the viewer regardless of the region he belongs to.

This is the kind of movie which exemplifies that cinema has no boundaries and has an universal appeal. A must see for all movie aficionados and movie well deserving the Oscar.

This movie ought to go in Top 250 movies of all times and Hall of fame.


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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 USA:

$167,866, 18 April 2010

Gross USA:

$6,391,436

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,079,650
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2.35 : 1
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