So a friend of mine told me that I should write something uplifting. Haha. So, I will oblige him in writing about the newest film that is in my Oh My! What an AWESOME film! category. The film that I am talking about is "El Secreto de sus Ojos" The Secret in their Eyes, directed by Juan Jose Campanella. It won best foreign film at the 2010 Academy Awards, and if it could have been nominated in the standard american category, it would have bested "Hurt Locker" in a New York minute.
The story is told in a series of flashbacks that are so seamless that it is almost impossible to ignore how it was done. It wasn't shown to the audience by filters or lighting, or anything so obvious, but by the superb make up, costumes and acting. Make up and hair: to age an actor 25 years and not notice any (or much) of the effects was brilliantly done and trust me, I looked for it. Costumes told the change of eras in subtle ways as to not intrude on the story. The acting. Wow. The title of the film is accurate. The eyes tell everything in this film: Attraction, love, hate, joy, disgust, anger, fear, sadness... the chemistry between all the actors was bang on. The main characters put their stamp on you, so you care about every single one of them. The story telling devices Campanella uses were executed with subtle precision. He brings you back, up and around, so that each turn is a surprise, and yet you feel the journey is taking you deeper into the story and the characters. The camera work was truly something to admire. One of the shots (in the stadium) had us, literally, hopping in our seats, asking how they did it. Obviously I can't say enough about this film, however, if what I said doesn't compel you to watch it, just know that if you do, those 2 hours will be be intriguing, delightful, painful, and leave you with a sense of awe at the power of filmmaking and storytelling.