The Secret in Their Eyes (El secreto de sus ojos) was the surprise winner of last year’s Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Directed by Argentina’s Juan José Campanella, it is based on the novel “Le pregunta de sus ojos” (The Question in Their Eyes) by Eduardo Sacheri.
Defined as a crime thriller but more like a mystery, Secret is the story of attorney Benjamin Esposito who, newly retired, turns to writing in an attempt to resolve a long-closed case. Having forged a connection with the victim’s husband 25 years prior, Esposito’s third attempt at seeking justice lays the groundwork for a story told through a series of flashbacks.
Though engaging, this isn’t an edge-of-your-seat thriller; however it does boast fantastic performances from its ensemble cast and some excellent cinematography. With an understated yet effective palette, it’s a beauty to watch and tinted with love, loss, and violence.
The Secret in Their Eyes is released in selected UK cinemas on Friday 13th August.