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Romantic obsession at its two extremes is explored with sympathy and intelligence in the thriller The Secret in Their Eyes...
New York Times:
An attractive, messy drama riddled with violence and edged with comedy that comes with a hint of Grand Guignol, a suggestion of politics and three resonant, deeply appealing performances.
The performances are what frequently hold the film together when it seems at loose ends, namely from stars Ricardo Darin, Soledad Villamil and Guillermo Francella.
Wall Street Journal:
This beautiful film, directed with subtlety and grace by Juan Jose Campanella, really is about moving from fear to love.
Though the story occasionally seems a little too convenient to be true, it doesn't matter a whit, as the filmmaking is so skilled.
Though unimpeachably intelligent and sophisticated, the film nonetheless has no grit under its fingernails: Here's a story about a crime of passion, unrequited love, and political upheaval, yet Campanella keeps it all at arm's length.
The secret here is that the movie is rather tasteless. It has the high, slightly nauseating stink of perfume on garbage.
You never quite know where it's going, yet its mixture of tones and colors and melodrama and mature, mellow romance is irresistible.
Campanella approaches the material with a classic hand -- no quick cuts, special effects or gimmicks here. This is a flesh-and-blood movie, and both Darin and Villamil bring earthy presence to the story.
The performances are tender, the script elegant, the cinematography (especially during a virtuoso chase scene in a soccer stadium) artful.
Los Angeles Times:
Like the murder at the heart of this tale, Secret is bound to linger in the memory for years.
San Jose Mercury News:
Its real beauty is in letting you take from it whatever you want. Should you choose to peel back the layers, you will discover rich lessons about love, loneliness, fear and redemption.
Although it is structured like a thriller...The Secret in Their Eyes is really a cautionary tale about the consequences of a life of too much apprehension and propriety.
From scene to scene, the movie has an enormously vital swing to it.
The Secret in Their Eyes is, ostensibly, a murder mystery -- but that part of the story is the least interesting.
Leaping around in time, Campanella uses the aftermath of [a] sadistic murder case to expose not just law-enforcement shortcomings but fault lines in Argentine society.
New York Post:
A nearly perfect love story/murder mystery that unfortunately falters at the end.
Sometimes I watch a film unspool like a tape measure, and I can sense how far we are from the end. Sometimes my imagination is led to live right along with it.
This spellbinder from Argentina will sneak up and floor you. It's that good.
It's a cracking good murder mystery that, by the time the final twist kicks in, transforms into an moving meditation on memory and justice.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Although it has some memorably disquieting scenes, this story of long-delayed justice is sustained by its melancholy more than its thrills.
Globe and Mail:
The wonder is that the film balances its many genres, from the thorns of murder to the bloom of romance to the thickets of politics, with such easy grace.
It's a film of enormous pretension and not enough reward.
A deeply rewarding throwback to the unself-conscious days when cinema still strove to be magical.
Say what you will, but the lead actors in Argentine director Juan Jose Campanella's latest film do have lovely (or at least handsomely shot) peepers. But the secrets you ultimately find therein are hilarious.
An absorbing story of the unlikely intersection of an unrequited love affair and an unresolved crime, this taut thriller features some bravura cinematic moments and memorable performances from an exceptionally attractive cast of players.