Movie of the Week: ‘The Secret in Their Eyes’

On March 7, 2010, the 82nd Academy Awards dazzled audiences at the Kodak Theatre and a worldwide audience.  If you made a bet on the Best Foreign Language Film winner that year, the smart money was on “The White Ribbon”.  Already a heavy favorite, Michael Haneke’s bleak German drama won the Golden Globes two months earlier, and AHFW thought that its win was inevitable.

Not so fast, because the Academy knew a secret.  Director Juan Jose Campanella’s “The Secret in Their Eyes” took home the big prize and made Argentina proud.

AHFW will be proud if you check out “The Secret in the Eyes” (2009) starring Ricardo Darin and Soledad Villamil, and don’t mistake this original with the 2015 American remake with the same name starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Nicole Kidman.

This legal drama volleys between two time periods about one brutal, unsolved case, and not only does it excel with stirring theatre, but a retired lawyer Benjamin Esposito (Darin) and his former supervisor Irene Menendez Hastings (Villamil) might stir more than a working relationship.

⭐⭐⭐⭐  out of   ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Image credits: Alta Classics; Clip credits: Oscars (YouTube)

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