Very occasionally you see a film and can tell from the first few frames that you are witnessing a classic. A film that will enter the public consciousness, be a must-have in everyone's DVD collection and bring repeated pleasure to millions of people. 'The Secret in Their Eyes' is undoubtedly one of these select few.
The film opens with a series of jarring, yet beautiful scenes, apparently unrelated. On cutting back to a writer we become aware that it is a man attempting to arrange his myriad thoughts and experiences into a piece of literature. He can't quite seem to get the story out so returns to his old place of work - a public prosecutor's office - to go over the past and jolt his imagination into play. From there the story is told half in flashback and half as a visual representation of his writing - a beautifully complex but magically simple device that is pulled off perfectly.
As the plot thickens we are treated to layer upon layer of mystery, intrigue and emotion, delivered with punch, verve and humour. The characters are vivid and realistic, the pace is lively but graceful and every step the plot takes is a joy to behold. By the end I don't think there was a dry eye or non-smiling face in the house.
Absolutely brilliant film-making. I implore you to see it.