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  • Actors: Ricardo Darin, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Javier Godino, Guillermo Francella
  • Directors: Juan Jose Campanella
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Metrodome Group
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Jan. 2011
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003BF216W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,456 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Benjamin Esposito has spent his entire working life as a criminal court employee. Recently retired and with time on his hands, he decides to write a novel. He does not decide to make up a story. There is no need. He can draw on his own past as a civil servant for a true, moving and tragic story in which he was once very directly involved. In 1974, his court was assigned an investigation into the rape and murder of a beautiful young woman.

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Humane and harrowing, highly recommended. This one will stay with you. ***** --Empire

You won't be able to take your own eyes off them, or to get this supremely intelligent and deeply touching thriller out of your head. **** --Rolling Stone

You won't be able to take your own eyes off them, or to get this supremely intelligent and deeply touching thriller out of your head. **** --Rolling Stone

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Slurms McKenzie TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Jan. 2012
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There are so many elements that make this an absolute joy - not the least of which was that I had no real expectations (despite the Oscar win - I don`t automatically trust that as a recommendation). Almost immediately I felt an attachment and a genuine interest with the main characters, and the storyline. (This is partly due to Soledad Villamil`s smile, which could be just about the greatest thing I`ve ever seen). It would be difficult to say that the storyline is particularly unique, but it is presented in such a way that I did feel deeply invested in how the various plots and subplots would be resolved. Essentially the story of who brutally murdered a young wife, but also including many strands of both the professional and personal lives of the main protagonists...each one is more than satisfying, and the culmination of these threads is extremely well done and immensely pleasing.

I loved the performances of the leads, Soledad Villamil as Irene Hastings and Ricardo Darin as Benjamin Esposito, and their interaction; also the dialogue, which I found very funny at times (particularly that of Pablo Sandoval, Esposito`s assistant played by Guillermo Francella, who is better known as a comedy actor and some of this shines brilliantly through at times); the dialogue is also harrowingly honest and soul-bearing too, especially that involving Morales, the grieving husband (movingly played by Pablo Rago). I will endeavour to find more films that these actors are cast in. Perhaps deliberately on the part of the director, I felt you could follow the film - so well is it acted - by following the action alone (although of course the subtitles help with details!). Many truths are indeed revealed by glances, expressions, looks.
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93 of 97 people found the following review helpful By D. G. JAMES on 15 Mar. 2010
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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.
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Humpty Dumpty on 5 Sept. 2010
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Like many or most of the best films, The Secret In Their Eyes by director Juan José Campanella combines elements from more than one genre. In this case it's all of an exciting thriller with a final kick like a mule, a love story, a parable about loyalty to your friends and duty to those you serve, an examination of the nature of revenge and a reflection on the bitter nature of memory that's pregnant with regret for things imperfectly done and undone.

As if these big themes are not enough, the whole is dipped in the sour broth of the Dirty War of the 1970s when successive military regimes in effect declared war on the citizens of Argentina; people were kidnapped from streets when they went out to buy a paper or snatched from their beds in the middle of the night.

The film is primarily set in flashback in 1974 Buenos Aires as Benjamin Esposito (Ricardo Darín), a criminal legal investigator, is assigned to the rape and murder of a young teacher. 25 years later, Esposito is still haunted by the case and is trying to write a novel about it. He does his best for the distraught widower Morales (the hangdog but intense Pablo Rago) but is unable to surmount the political stumbling-blocks that prevent the judiciary from conducting its business ethically.

Campanella succeeds beautifully in marrying this crime and its political background with the personal intensity of Esposito's relationship both with his boss Irene Menéndez Hastings (Soledad Villamil) and also his close friend and boozy colleague Sandoval (Guillermo Francella). We see how every aspect of life is corrupted and brutalised in a country where justice is suborned.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Laurence Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Oct. 2011
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This film was a worthy winner of the 2010 Best Foreign Film Oscar (as it originates from Argentina) and whilst I didn't watch it on commercial disc, but via an HD satellite transmission, I would imagine the viewing experience would be just as good.

First, do note this DVD appears twice at WILDLY different prices so ensure you search properly on Amazon or go direct to the other (in existence at the time of this review) via the following Amazon product link :

The Secret In Their Eyes [DVD]

The overall ingredients of mystery, murder, revenge and (above all else) smouldering love between a man and a woman are something of a mis-match, but beautifully combined to present an intense, yet utterly engrossing story.

If you enjoyed, as I did, the wonderful film 'The English Patient' you should like this just as much as those ingredients are essentially the same, although the plot lines and period bear no similarity whatsoever, and this film somehow manages to sprinkle in occasional moments of comedy and has English subtitles ! One other noticeable difference is that the emotions in this film are portrayed quite superbly through almost expressionless, yet powerfully involved, facial looks between those involved rather than sexual relations, and that the settings are more 'gritty' with nothing approaching the majestic sweeping panoramic landscape shots which appear in 'The English Patient' (although there is one terrific high-level sweeping panoramic of an active football stadium at night which slowly descends to pitch-level).
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