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Strikingly beautiful and powerful film,
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This review is from: The Secret In Their Eyes [DVD] (DVD)
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.
I can`t think of a bad thing to write, and if realistically acted, intelligent, high-class foreign thrillers are your thing, you won`t want to miss this. I can`t watch the end without the odd tear, and that isn`t my usual reaction to anything! It`s so beautiful at times, but also quite shocking; I can`t recommend it highly enough.