The Secret in Their Eyes
Crime, mystery and love in Oscar-winning film
Esposito (Ricardo Darin), is a retired investigator from the Buenos Aires prosecutor’s office. Writing is
his way of working through a cold case that still sticks in his throat decades
later—the 1974 murder-rape of a beautiful young schoolteacher. Even with the
help of his Sancho Panza-like assistant, Sandoval (Guillermo Francella), and a
beautiful assistant prosecutor, Hastings (Soledad Villamil), Esposito’s
investigation continually ran against dead ends in a labyrinth of mystery.
Someone in the police was in a hurry to close the file, offering up a pair of
drifters as the killers. Esposito saw through their confessions, which had
obviously been obtained through a harsh beating. Finally he was given a
warning: The worst that will happen to Hastings, who comes from a
well-connected and powerful family, will be lack of advancement; Esposito, an
aspiring young man from the lower middle class and without a protector, could
find himself dead. Argentina’s
impending military coup casts a lengthening shadow as the story unwinds.
Hastings, who could have been but never became lovers, suffuse The Secret in Their Eyes with
bittersweet nostalgia over lost opportunities and roads untraveled. The acting
is apt, subtle and deeply felt. A warm and even slightly flirtatious friendship
between the old colleagues has survived the inescapable decay of time.