This year’s Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Movie, “The Secret in Their Eyes”/ “El Secreto de Sus Ojos” just opened this past weekend in Los Angeles. It is a beautiful movie from Argentina directed by Juan José Campanella. Believe me when I say this, you MUST see this movie. De veras. ¡La tienen que ver!
It was exciting to see this movie win the Oscar because it wasn’t considered a contender, but after watching it, and seeing the reaction of everyone in the jam packed theater at the ArcLight in Hollywood, I think this movie will become a classic. Including one scene in a soccer stadium that left us… WOW…how did they do that?
I’m no Roger Ebert, nor Manola Darghis, but I do love films, and for a few years I’ve been lamenting the fact that there are not that many good films being made anymore. Real films, with stories that move you to the core, and honest acting done by real actors on real sets or locations. It’s almost a rarity now, if you think about it. And it has been a while since I’ve felt excited about a movie like this, especially because it’s in Spanish, y el español se oye muy bonito cuando lo hablan los argentinos. No tuve tiempo de leer los subtítulos en inglés para ver si eran fieles a los diálogos, así que tendré que verla otra vez. At least in the title, they played around with the translation for “Sus”/”Their” versus “Sus”/Her or “Sus”/His interpretation, which was very clever.
Todos los actores se merecen un Oscar. Ricardo Darín, en el papel de Benjamin Espósito, es lo máximo, un actor al que le sientes toda su emoción en ese mismo momento. Soledad Villamil es hermosa y habla con los ojos; Guillermo Francela es uno de los mejores “sidekicks” que se puedan imaginar. Todos, todos brillantes.
Es difícil describir el género de la película porque los tiene todos. Something for everybody (except kids of course): drama, moments of dark comedy, love and romance, suspenso, misterio, film noir, tragedia, political thriller basado en la historia, un poco de horror, you name it! And even though it’s a bit long (2 hours 7 minutes) and I had a few tiny objections to the makeup and the third act, I loved loved loved this movie.
Check your local listings on moviefone.com for times. I suspect you’ll have to see it at an arthouse or one of the specialty theaters. This is not a popcorn movie for the masses. It’s smart, intriguing, well written and acted, with a story you’ll be thinking about for days. You’ll remember quotes from the movie and scenes that will grow more on you as you leave the movie theater. “Una pasión es una pasión” is one of them for me. Bravo por “El Secreto de Sus Ojos”, now go see it and show your support for movies en español y el cine latinamericano.