As time passes, sometimes you don’t know if things you remember are truly a memory or a memory of a memory that you’re left with. That is the case with a retired Buenos Aires prosecutor Benjamin Esposito (played by Ricardo Darín) as we follow his memories–past and present–of an unsolved case that happened 25 years ago.
What draws me in is more than the thrill of finding out who the real killer is, or what happens to him in the end. It is the portrayal of the human existence, how justice is defined by one man, the bond between friends, the unconfessed affection for a superior, that pull me in. On top of a well selected cast and solid acting, the cinematography and film score fuse perfectly together to tell a slightly dark but poetic story. Juan José Campanella’s The Secret in Their Eyes (2009) is one of the most beautiful films I’ve seen in a long time. Quite simply, it moved me to tears.