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The Secret in Their Eyes(El secreto de sus ojos)

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Argentina, Spain

2009

Rated R • 2h 9m

Director Juan José Campanella

Starring Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Javier Godino

Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery

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A former legal counsellor, now retired, decides to use an unresolved case from his career as inspiration for a novel he's writing. However, revisiting the past only makes him more desperate for closure, and his passion for finding the truth is reignited. A taut, twisty thriller worthy of a spot amongst the best.

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Village Voice by

Campanella, who overconfidently takes his time, outfits the film with ludicrous interrogation scenes, a drunken colleague who provides comic relief and redemptive tragedy, and a climactic flood of memories that plays like a trailer.
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The New Yorker by David Denby

It's powerfully and richly imagined: a genre-busting movie that successfully combines the utmost in romanticism with the utmost in realism.
90

Variety by 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.
90

Boxoffice Magazine by Pete Hammond

Campanella has laced his story with twists and turns worthy of Hitchcock and the framing device of the novel (which forces the protagonist to sort out the whole thing through writing) is ingenious.
88

Miami Herald by Rene Rodriguez

Although it is structured like a thriller, and its plot dominated by Benjamin's detective work, The Secret in Their Eyes is really a cautionary tale about the consequences of a life of too much apprehension and propriety.
38

Boston Globe by Wesley Morris

The secret here is that the movie is rather tasteless. It has the high, slightly nauseating stink of perfume on garbage.

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