Friday, May 28, 2010

The Secret in their Eyes - 4 stars

Probably my favorite movie of the year so far. This movie won the Oscar for best foreign language movie this year. The movie is from Argentina and it is subtitled.

The movie is about a retired criminal court worker named Benjamin Esposito (Ricardo Darin) who is writing a novel about a 25 year old rape and murder case that still haunts him. The movie flashes back and forth between present day and when he first started investigating the case. His assistant Pablo Sandoval (Guillermo Francella) spends most of his time in his favorite bar, getting drunk, getting into fights, and getting kicked out by his wife. He is really good in this movie.

Benjamin is in love with his supervisor, but she is engaged to someone else. Their relationship is the heart of this movie.

If this were a typical movie, we would learn who killed the girl at the end, or we would learn who was behind it all or something like that. In this movie, we learn who did it before the halfway point. There is a surprise at the end, but it is no twist ending. It makes sense considering what we know about the characters.

This is the movie I recommend you see over the Memorial Day weekend.

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