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The Secret In Their Eyes [DVD]

Javier Godino , Ricardo Darin , Juan Jose Campanella    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Javier Godino, Ricardo Darin
  • Directors: Juan Jose Campanella
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: In2Film
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Nov 2011
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005OJCQ40
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,617 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.

Language: Spanish

Subtitles: English

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Secret In Their Eyes

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89 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving, gripping, perfect film-making 15 Mar 2010
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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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "How do you live a life full of nothing? " 5 Sep 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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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Reccomended 1 Sep 2010
This is a rare film as it is one that I would recommend to all my friends despite their varying cinematic tastes. It has something for nearly everyone without every seeming contrived. There is violence, love, humour, politics and mystery along with great acting, a sharp script and highly accomplished cinematography.
The film starts slowly but soon becomes gripping. Though I have a few minor gripes with the believability of the story I thoroughly enjoyed watching it and was particularly impressed with the dialogue and the acting. Pablo Rago's scenes in particular stood out for me and I have to admit to shedding a tear more than once.
Intelligent without being convoluted, intricate but not overly complicated I highly recommend to anyone with a love of film.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strikingly beautiful and powerful film 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good.
Published 1 day ago by MICHAEL LOWSLEY-WILLIAMS
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great film.
Very powerful film. Rented this because of other reviews and took a punt. Enjoyed enormously by my husband and myself , we don't always see eye to eye on film choices. Read more
Published 26 days ago by S C Waterer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story enjoyed it
I am learning Spanish so that's why I bought it. Story was very good although at my level of Spanish I will need to watch it a few times
Published 1 month ago by Barry Brand
Arrived on time and was intact ie;sufficiently packaged in padded envelope.Was a little surprised however that the DVD itself had no cellophane seal. Read more
Published 3 months ago by carole harding
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprise Hit
This is not one that caught my attention when It was first released, I don't think the trailer does it justice and it's only the 5 star reviews and awards that persuaded me to give... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. R. A. Stanton
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic film.
I'll leave others to comment on the plot but in my humble view this is as about as perfect a film as one could make. Its got everything you would want from a thriller. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ARB
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
A good and fascinating film, but the subtitles are really not easy to follow when the screen is light. Worthwhile.
Published 3 months ago by Stave
1.0 out of 5 stars implausible
a cop identifies the rapist/murderer by 'his eyes' [duh] in the victim's personal photo albums. and eventually tracks the murderer down after realising the murderer has a favourite... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Judith Matthews
Was really looking forward to watching this, however, disappointed as subtitled which was not clearly stated in sypnosis. Although only cost . Read more
Published 3 months ago by joanne robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
The price of this DVD was extremely good, so much so that I suspected it could be dodgy. Instead, the DVD was absolutely genuine, it arrived sealed, and extremely quickly.
Published 5 months ago by Gio55
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