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Film Review: The Secret In Their Eyes (2009)
The Secret in Their Eyes (2009). Directed and co-written by Juan José Campanella, and based on the novel by Eduardo Sacheri. Retired Chief Justice Benjamin Espósito (Ricardo Darin) is writing a book about a case he was involved with over 30 years previously, where a young woman was raped and murdered. The film is then partly told in flashback, from when he was assigned the case. The Secret in Their Eyes is a powerful story which initially seems simple, but grows more complex as it unfolds. It is also inevitably a dark story at times, based on the subject matter. Rather than going for the black and white of right and wrong it goes for shades of grey, highlighting that life is often more complicated than Hollywood would have us believe. All the performances within are fantastic, and accompanied by a delicate and well balanced score. Also top marks for the make up artists that deliver a very believable 30 years of ageing for the characters concerned. For fans of dark and powerful drama that can cope with the subtitles. 5/5 (Excellent)