Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Movie Review: The Secret in Their Eyes

What a terrific year for foreign films! First, there was "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," and now "The Secret in Their Eyes."

In 1999, retired Argentinian federal justice agent Benjamin Esposito decides to write a novel. For the subject, he chooses a 25-year-old cold case with which he has been obsessed. In 1974, a beautiful young woman named Liliana Colotto was brutally raped and murdered. Her husband, Ricardo Morales, was obsessed with finding the man who did it.

Benjamin and his partner Pablo Sandoval eventually find the culprit, Isidoro Gomez. After Gomez is sent to prison, he is released through a bizarre quirk of politics and works for the newly minted Peronist government as a hit-man. Then, without any warning, Gomez vanishes.

Twenty-five years later, Benjamin learns the staggering truth as he researches his book...

Amidst this tale of mystery is also a love story, as Benjamin secretly pines for his former Justice Department Chief, Irene Menendez-Hastings.

Great story, with an ending that will haunt you. The Secret in Their Eyes is also one of the year's best films, and at this time I'd be hardpressed to say whether it's better than The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

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