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El Secreto de Sus Ojos, winner of this year's Academy Award for best Foreign Film,deserves all of the recognition it can get -- it is stupendous.
The Secret In Their Eyes.
Do you want a noirish thriller? Check. Do you want a mystery? Check. Do you want a love story? Check? Do you want a comedy? Check. Do you want a drama? Check. Do you want a time-bending flashback movie? Check. DO you want a Spanish-language, art-house flavour? Check. Do you want Hollywood production values and a slick, easily-accessible flick? Check.
Do you want a collection of some of the finest acting performances in years? Check.
Do you want some deep philosophical observations on love, life, aging, and what matters? Triple check.
Oh, yeah -- it's a political movie too.
I give nothing away by saying that in 1999, Benjamin Esposito, former investigator/counselor [don't spend any time worrying about the bureaucratic organization of the Argentine constabulary/judiciary -- Ben's was a detective] writes a novel. A crime novel based on a 1974 case that he worked with Irene Menéndez Hastings, a magistrate and his boss.
He goes to visit her, to tell her about the book., They're transported to the past, to the crime, the mystery, and its resolution.
I don't want to give anything away. I laughed out loud, I cried, I was overjoyed, I was horrified.
No shit, see this movie.
And if anyone thinks that this is my bullshit arthouse bent, a second, separate adult was equally moved and impressed.