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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 #143 | Won 1 Oscar. Another 52 wins & 43 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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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Un crimen sin resolver. Una historia de amor. Un final no escrito. [An unsolved crime. A love story. An unwritten ending.] (Spanish release poster) 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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The first digitally captured movie to win the Oscar for best foreign-language film. 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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Written by Emilio Kauderer
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One of the greatest movie I saw
7 November 2009 | by inkelSee 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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Country:

Argentina | Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

21 May 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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