The Secret in Their Eyes won the Oscar in 2009 for Best Foreign Language Film, yet I knew very little about it. I didn't know anyone who had seen it nor had I read any detailed reviews before checking it out.
The movie is both a thriller and a glimpse into the human heart. If that sounds potentially sappy, the film most definitely is not. It's one of those films that I wasn't sure about while watching it, but I have to say I've thought about it a lot since then. In fact, I am thinking I might watch it again.
The premise is a 1970s murder case that still haunts the lead investigator, Benjamin. In retirement he decides to write a novel about the case, but realizes that the true story hasn't ended. Upon further investigation and past flashbacks we learn more about the principal characters: Benjamin’s true love and boss, his drunken co-worker (who, at times, provides the film’s only real comic relief), a devastated husband, the politically connected suspect, and Argentina’s political landscape.
While this film might prove too slow placed for some, I think it’s worth checking out for fans of foreign and mystery films. Without spoiling anything, I found that the ending did not disappoint. And, like with most fine films, I won't be surprised if you find yourself thinking about it long after the final credits.
Note: This movie is Rated R for language, violence, and nudity. In Spanish with English Subtitles.