El Secreto de Sus Ojos (The Secret In Their Eyes)

El Secreto de Sus Ojos (The Secret In Their Eyes)

A recently retired criminal court investigator decides to attempt to write a novel based on an old case which has haunted him since 1974. As he comes to realise the devastation wreaked by the brutal crime on the victim’s family, he sets out to find the murderer a quarter of a century on. 3.9 out of 5 based on 17 reviews
El Secreto de Sus Ojos (The Secret In Their Eyes)

Omniscore:

Certificate 18
Genre Foreign, Thriller
Director Juan José Campanella
Cast Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Javier Godino Ricardo Darín
Studio Metrodome Group
Release Date August 2010
Running Time 127 mins
 

A recently retired criminal court investigator decides to attempt to write a novel based on an old case which has haunted him since 1974. As he comes to realise the devastation wreaked by the brutal crime on the victim’s family, he sets out to find the murderer a quarter of a century on.

Reviews

Empire Magazine

Kim Newman

The film seems to wrap up its story in mid-point, but there are stunning reversals, one of the scariest (but most understated) lift scenes ever shot, a telling ambiguity, more tragedies and two astonishing endings left...

03/11/2010

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Variety

Jonathan Holland

A deeply rewarding throwback to the unself-conscious days when cinema still strove to be magical, "The Secrets in their Eyes" is simply mesmerizing. While it packs two generation-spanning love stories, a noirish thriller, some delicious comedy, a pointed political critique and much food for thought into more than two hours' compelling, grown-up entertainment, the film is still more than the sum of its parts.

04/10/2009

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The Times

Wendy Ide

What makes the film particularly successful — and what will sink the inevitable English-language remake — is the backdrop for the majority of the action. Argentina in 1974 is corrupt and violent, and governed by smirking autocrats who bend the law to suit their own savage ends and will beat a confession from innocent men in order to tidy up their paperwork.

13/08/2010

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The Sunday Times

Cosmo Landesman

an impressive, engrossing cop-lawyer thriller that mixes lush romanticism with hard-boiled realism.

15/08/2010

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Total Film

Tom Dawson

This Argentian effort  bagged 2010’s Foreign Language Film Oscar instead of The White Ribbon and A Prophet. While not as radical as either, it’s still a superior procedural.

04/08/2010

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The Evening Standard

Derek Malcolm

It is well-made, intelligently using humour to alleviate its drama, and contains two outstanding performances.

13/08/2010

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

The film rattles along like a well-crafted Hollywood noir, circa 1945. The very faces are temps perdu Tinseltown: the two leads could be Gene Tierney and George Brent gone Latin. Even the dialogue is snap-brimmed

11/08/2010

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

The Secret in Her Eyes isn't, in fact, as good as either The White Ribbon or A Prophet, but it is a supremely watchable, well-made and well-acted movie with a dark, sinewy sense of history: a tremendously slick thriller

12/08/2010

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The Independent

Geoffrey MacNab

The film takes the elements of the conventional murder mystery and then spins round them a story that is both lyrical and heavy on pathos. And Darín's Espositio is one of those crumpled idealists that you just can't help rooting for.

13/08/2010

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The Los Angeles Times

Betsy Sharkey

There's something about a haunting mystery being solved by a haunted mind that's particularly seductive. That's just one of the many pleasures of "The Secret in Their Eyes," whose string of knots challenges and charms in a way that make its win of the foreign-language Oscar this year perfectly understandable.

16/04/2010

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

Writer-director Juan Jose Campanella is a master of camerawork and editing. He is also wonderful with actors. There isn't a false performance here.

12/08/2010

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The New Yorker

David Denby

“The Secret in Their Eyes,” which won the Oscar this year for best foreign-language film, is, I suppose, a legal thriller, but it’s powerfully and richly imagined: a genre-busting movie that successfully combines the utmost in romanticism with the utmost in realism....

19/04/2010

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The New York Times

Manohla Dargis

The past continually forces its way into the present in “The Secret in Their Eyes,” an attractive, messy drama riddled with violence and edged with comedy that comes with a hint of Grand Guignol, a suggestion of politics and three resonant, deeply appealing performances.

16/04/2010

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The Observer

Philip French

There are occasional moments of implausibility in Campanella's film, but they're more than outweighed by the emotional force of the narrative and its incidental felicities.

15/08/2010

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

Little by little, The Secret in Their Eyes develops into an aching elegy for the people Darin has lost and the opportunities he's missed. But if the film is strong on the "drama" part of "crime drama", the "crime" part is lacking: the murder case is ultimately too simple to hold our interest for two steadily paced hours.

15/08/2010

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

Handsome, fitfully absorbing, fundamentally trite.

12/08/2010

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Time Out

Dave Calhoun

Essentially a grand, time-hopping police procedural of ‘Inspector Morse’ levels of ingenuity, souped up with some naff music, heavily filtered camerawork and a theme of romantic longing spanning 25 years, it’s a film of enormous pretension and not enough reward.

12/08/2010

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