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The Secret in their Eyes

April 8th  at 7.45 pm
 
Juan Jose Campanella             2009           Cert 18 
 
The film that bested A Prophet and The White Ribbon to 2010's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Juan Jose Campanella directs, co-writes, produces and edits an epic thriller set in junta-era Argentina.
 
"You see someone else, and what the other person is going through helps you see your own life."
 
 
The Secret In Their Eyes
Buenos Aires, the mid 1970s. Benjamin Esposito (Ricardo Darin), a deputy clerk at a criminal court, may be investigating the rape and murder of a beautiful young schoolteacher, but he has come to see in the intense love and loss of the victim's husband Ricardo Morales (Pablo Rago) a reflection of his own impossible longings for his new boss Irene Menendez Hastings (Soledad Villemil), whose high social status, not to mention her engagement to another man, puts her out of the civil servant's league. Aided by his dipsomaniac assistant Pablo Sandoval (Guillemo Francella), Esposito relentlessly pursues his chief suspect Isidoro Gomez (Javier Godino), but the injustices of Argentina's political history will help Gomez evade his life sentence.

25 years later, a recently retired Esposito finds himself unable to forget, and so commences writing a novel-cum-memoir about the unresolved case. Turning for help to Irene (now a DA, married with children), and armed with a faulty old typewriter, he sets about finding the right beginning and ending to the "life full of nothing" that he, Morales and Gomez have all, in their different ways, shared ever since.