Secret Eyes

Life is fuzzy. There is no black and white. There are no definitive answers. Or so I have come to believe. Although, I must confess, I am still a bit fuzzy on the subject. But life does seem to be a bit more complicated that it at first appears to be. I enjoy chats, debates, documentaries, plays or movies that challenge my preconceptions. Ideas that contradict my beliefs. My ever evolving beliefs.

The Secret In Their Eyes is an Oscar winning film. You may never have heard of it, although I suspect that at least one of the regulars around here may well have watched it. It has subtitles, you see. It won the token foreign gong, back in 2009 or 2010. But if you are normally inclined to dismiss a moody foreign flick on account of having to read your way through it, give this flick a second thought.

This Argentine masterpiece, is funny. It’s moving. It combines humour, tragedy, mystery and a Latin buzz into an thoroughly enjoyable two hour adventure through Buenos Airies in the 70s and 90s. The tale moves at a fairly sedentary pace at times, but that’s not a criticism.  Take the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere.  The acting was….well, who am I kidding. I was reading the subtitles! But I got the impression that the lead actors and actresses did a fine job in playing believable and human characters.

There’s a dapper detective and a hot sultry brunette at the centre of the story. There is passion. Of every variety. The secret is not in their eyes. They keep secrets only from each other – but we see the truth. There are good guys and bad guys. But, by the final twist of the tale, you may have to pause and try and determine which is which.  How does empathy work? You might find your preconceptions of justice challenged. Maybe.

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