Meg and I went to the movies the other day and took in this year's Best Foreign Film Oscar Winner, the argentinian, "The Secrets in their Eyes". To say we were blown away would be an understatement. It is the best movie I have seen in ages.
There's so much to love - A great plot and story line, a great ensemble of actors in the kinds of roles I'm pretty sure they've dreamt of and a blend of drama, action, romance and humour that never over-powers or detracts from the murder mystery which propels it.
Most of all though, I love the way it is filmed - I love that Campanella (the director) is aware that when the words "in their eyes" are in your movie title, that it means the perspective of your camera in every single shot must be consistent (for technical junkies, keep track of the types of ways the camera films the characters - top down is reserved for the wicked, bottom up for the admired and dead-on-eye-level...when you least expect it)... I love the way the story is able to hop seamlessly between 1977 and 1999 Buenos Aires - the editing flourishes: the jump cuts, dissolves and fades transport you to each setting without disorienting. I love that the ending will be the subject of endless debate between you and whomever go with.
|Director Campanella and stars Ricardo Darin and Soledad Villamil- upon whom I have since formed a major older-woman crush|
Get down to Cinema Nouveau if you have a chance...you will not regret it.