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January 4, 2011

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El secreto de sus ojos

by Franz Patrick


Secreto de sus ojos, El (2009)
★★★★ / ★★★★

“The Secret in Their Eyes” was about a former criminal investigator (Ricardo Darín) attempting to write a novel based on a brutal rape and murder of a newlywed 25 years ago. The Morales case was particularly important to him because the love of the husband (Pablo Rago) for his deceased wife reminded him of his love for his former co-worker (Soledad Villamil) that never came to fruition. She was engaged and he didn’t want to get in the way of her happiness. The picture’s style was to go back and forth between the present and the past making an excellent blend of thriller and drama. Co-workers falling for each other was nothing new. In fact, it had become a formula. But one of the elements I loved about the movie was it kept romance between Benjamín and Irene fresh and challenging. Unlike most romantic movies, they didn’t have say what they felt in order for us to understand what they might be going through. It was in the small gestures such as the closing of a door, a pause mid-sentence, or a quick look to the side that revealed their expectations of each other. The tension between them reflected what we would have done if we liked someone but couldn’t find the right words to say how much we want to be with them. As for the thriller aspect, I was glued to the screen because it was unpredictable. During the most intense scenes, Benjamín’s friend (Guillermo Francella), who had a drinking problem, would appear from nowhere and could potentially ruin everything. We hated him but at the same time we couldn’t help but love him. We hated him because he appeared at the most inopportune times which could make or break the case in question. But we loved him because he made the plot that much more complicated and therefore more fun to try to figure out how the pieces of the puzzle would come together. I was highly impressed with the last thirty minutes. To even hint at what transpired, I think, would do this film an injustice. All I want to say about it is it was at the point where the past and present finally converged. Many practical questions were answered but so many more moral questions were brought up. Like the characters, I found some sense of closure but at the same time I felt as though it wasn’t the closure I was looking for. The theme of men clinging onto their past was at the forefront and I couldn’t help but feel moved (and scared) when I realized how much the past could turn into a monster if we kept leaving it on the side instead of confronting it directly. Based on the novel by Eduardo Sacheri and directed by Juan José Campanella, “El secreto de sus ojos” was compelling and rewarding in every way.

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  1. Jan 6 2011

    I loved it, I found it to be a great new spin on the traditional murder psychological thriller genre. Glad you enjoyed it too!

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    • Jan 8 2011

      If only more American thrillers were like this. I didn’t know much coming into it (other than the fact that Ebert loved it) and I was blown away by how everything fell into place. It was like a car hitting me from my blind side but in a good way.

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  2. GaryGreg828
    Apr 16 2016

    I finally watched this based on your recommendation, but honestly I didn’t find it very interesting; it felt very cliche and actually predictable. I kept thinking there was going to be this genius twist at the end that was going to flip everything upside down, but instead it was just like a slew of other films I’ve seen before. I expected more. You let me down, Franz! lol. :)

    I much prefer “The Hidden Face” to this; that is a movie with a twist! I also really liked “Sleep Tight”. I also saw another spanish thriller on netflix called “Retribution” that is actually pretty good that I think you’d like – so, that’s my recommendation for you! :)

    *Also, glad to see you liked “Hush”. That was one I would have recommended for you. Looking forward to your review of that one. I loved the execution of it.

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