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The Secret in their Eyes.”    

The appeal of “The secret In Their Eyes” is in its lithe and mysterious quality.  The movie resembles a derivative of cop caper, with Benjamin Esposito reminiscing about his mid-1970s partnership with Pablo Sandoval in battling the corrupt ineptness of the Buenos Aires  just system bureaucracy before the Argentina descends into dictatorship.  The movie deploy cheap and cheerful brashness shades and strategic cinematic codes that mimic the mass media infiltration of experience, cultural colonialism and the contemporaneous US influence of the Latin America during this time.  The director combines elements of crime procedurals, romance and political thriller which were cross-fertilized into what was planned as an idealistic meditation on love and abhorrence, loss, guiltiness and regret.  The movie revisits the violence of argentine past during the junta rule.  

 Historical event influence on the film

The story of the El Secreto is narrated in the early 2000s, but the numerous flashbacks to the 1970s, as the central character, Benjamin Esposito, revisits an old murder case that he had closed in order to write a novel about it.  The context of the murder, which was committed in 1974, is an indication of the political environment in argentine during the era of Aires.  The content of the crime (rape and slaughter) indicates the atrocities committed during Argentina’s darkest moments.   The culture of drinking as influenced by the American culture is depicted by the drunken of Benjamin. The acquittal of the former convict on the case of rape and murder represent innocence in the wake of the brutality and conflict. His conviction was a clear representation of corruption and injustices.

 The colonel’s junta coupled by the disappearance of thousands of people after the peronist government’s chaotic degeneration emphasizes the desperate situation which was in the context of a human story (Tom Jenning, 2010). This story is expected to carry more weight than the historical specialties.  However, the story begins before the excesses of the worst fascist when the existing modes of repression increasingly become organized and institutionalized while must human right advocates and society remained quiet to avoid confrontation.

During this period, the middle-class and lower-class did not have protection.  Characters such as Gomez, Morales and Liliana, did not have protection against brutalities of Colonel Junta, their rich families and other elite sponsors.  The ease with which Benjamin got out of jail and his consequent relationship with Irene represents the social democracy’s uneasy coalition of different classes and professions.  In addition, the liberal pretensions failed to secure meaningful justice. The main protagonists’ shambolic careers and their private lives are mere wastage of time. The historical circumstances of the movie reveal a different story.  The flashbacks of the film reveal a brave new world for Argentina of affectionate national partnership.  It reveals a country that has settled from the dark days of dirty wars.


The movie depicts the social crisis reflected in the massive industrial and political unrest across Latin America in 1970s, conflicting class interests as depicted by various characters.  The movie gives a serious message on the transcendence of communal trauma, which was experienced during this time of history. The movie borrows influence from the American culture such the crime investigation procedures depicted in American movies and the social structure of the American people. This indicates the influence of America not only on the film industry, but also in the social, economic and political structure of Latin America countries during the time.


Tom Jenning (2010). A Brief Encounter with History. Film review. Vol. 71, No. 19, October 2010.

Losada, M. (2010). “The Secret in Their Eyes” Historical Memory. Cineaste, Vol. XXXVI, No. 1, 2010.


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