El secreto de sus ojos by Juan José Campanella

“The guy can change everything. His face, his house, his family, his girlfriend, his religion, his God. But there’s one thing Benjamin can’t change. He can’t change his passion. This is one of the most brilliant and accurate phrases of El secreto de sus ojos (2009). The film, an undisputed masterpiece, is an example of how our passions give us away, trap us, chain us. Unlike action, passion does not depend on the will or the free choice of the individual, thus remaining outside of deliberation, of rational consideration.

By passion we mean an emotion defined as a very strong feeling towards a person, subject, idea or object. It implies enthusiasm, desire, interest and admiration. Passion is an affection of the individual from which he or she cannot easily detach. The study of the passions has aroused great interest throughout history. Descartes (1596-1650), as early as the 17th century, devoted a work exclusively to their study, Treatise on the passions of the soulthe last work of the philosopher, completed in 1649 and dedicated to Queen Christina of Sweden.

Review of the film “El secreto de sus ojos

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El secreto de sus ojos is majestic. Perhaps one of the best films of the last decades. Masterfully directed by Juan José Campanella, the Argentinian film is based on the novel The Question in Their Eyes by Eduardo Sacheri, who also wrote the screenplay. Campanella directs a brilliant cast led by Ricardo Darín and Soledad Villamil in a story between drama and suspense that won, among other awards, the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The film, an absolute masterpiece, cinema written in capital letters, does not leave the viewer indifferent, and will remain forever engraved in the memory of moviegoers around the world.


The film tells the story of a brutal murder and the impact it will have on both the victim’s husband and the investigators. The main character, Benjamín Espósito (Ricardo Darín), works as an officer in an examining magistrate’s court in Buenos Aires. He has just retired but is still haunted by the brutal event that took place twenty-five years earlier, in 1974. Willing to write a novel about the case, the protagonist will have to face again the past that will stir in him feelings also about a woman, Irene Morales (Soledad Villamil), head of the department, whose love he could not face then, letting her escape.


Narrated in two distinct times, past and present, the film, dense and profound, shows how we are slaves to our passions, which give us away, which condemn us. Moreover, El secreto de sus ojos is a love story. Of an eternal love, that of the victim and her husband, and of a love that could have been and was not. But it is also a story of revenge, survival, friendship, corruption and denouncing the established regime. The film has an excellent, solid script and incredible visual beauty. The impressive and frenetic sequence shot in the football stadium, the scene of one of the most memorable chases in the history of cinema, stands out. Emotional and moving, the film shines, among other things, for the masterful acting of its actors and actresses and its surprising ending.

El secreto de sus ojos: A Journey Towards Personal Sanctification

Campanella’s film, also responsible for the acclaimed El hijo de la novia, El mismo amor, la misma lluvia and Luna de Avellaneda, is an ode to healing, to overcoming open wounds. Wounds from the past that sometimes define our future, mark our destiny. Ghosts that prevent us from moving forward. We must look to the past, yes, but to try to rebuild ourselves, to move forward and not to remain in what could have been and was not. It is never too late to try to rewrite our future.

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