Hoping to put to rest years of unease concerning a past case, retired criminal investigator Benjamín Espósito (Ricardo Darín) begins writing a novel based on the decades-old unsolved mystery of a newlywed’s rape and murder. With the help of a former colleague, Judge Irene Menéndez Hastings (Soledad Villamil), Benjamín attempts to make sense of the past. The journey through his memories sets Benjamín on a thrilling emotional path that leads to a shocking realization.
“El Secreto de sus Ojos” hit me with unspeakable strength. I didn’t expect to like it so much, so I owe a review to those in analysis measures before seeing it or those interested in some opinion.
First off, Campanella works with flawless effort all of the technical aspects of the film. It even starts with a double exposure effect, mixed with some sad shots of a beautiful Buenos Aires that hints the spectacle ahead of us. One shot especially, from a chopper in a soccer field edited with a crane shot is breathtaking. Nothing to envy from Hollywood upper class.
But the main strength of the movie comes from the powerful narrative dominion Director Campanella has over characters, spaces and silences. Many moments are coldly tense, scary and very, very intense. This crossover from genres by Campanella couldn’t have been better. Crime stories often fall in common places, this one relies on the fragile psychological state of the audience to draw all of it’s intense dialog, acting and scenes.
I cannot stop recommending it, Argentina can open it’s market with movies such as this. It has many, many memorable moments, it interwines comedy perfectly and it is doubtful you will instantly forget it, as it is so well constructed. See it if you can!
IMDB – Top Rated Movies #135 | Won 1 Oscar. Another 51 wins
BRRip 720p | MKV | 1280 x 720 | x264 @ 2048 Kbps | 129 min | 2,37 Gb
Audio: Spanish AC3 5.1 @ 448 Kbps | Subs: English (embedded)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller