Monday, July 25, 2011

The Secret in Their Eyes

Based on the book by Eduardo Sacheri (to be released in English translation in October according to Amazon), The Secret in Their Eyes won an Oscar last year for the best foreign film. It spans a twenty five year period from 1974, tracking the investigation and legacy of the rape and murder of Liliana Coloto in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Seemingly resolved, the case was stifled by corruption and dirty politics. It's told in a series of flash backs by a retired legal counsellor who has decided to spend his free time writing a novel based on the case. At the heart of the film is passion, obsession and loss - the counsellor unable or unwilling to realise his love for his well-connected boss, the dead woman's husband unable to let his love go. The film is the second highest grossing movie of all-time in Argentina, and has won a load of prizes. The acting and cinematography is excellent. It's a little slow moving at first, but it slowly builds as layers of meaning are woven in. Worth a viewing.

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