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The Secret in Their Eyes (El secreto de sus ojos) trailer grabs your attention

TheSecretintheirEyes.jpgI've missed this film twice now, once at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and once at a local press screening, and I was annoyed both times. Now having seen the trailer for The Secret in Their Eyes (El secreto de sus ojos), I'm gutted.

This looks like a really powerful and well shot thriller, directed by Juan José Campanella who co-adapted it with Eduardo Sacheri from Sacheri's novel La pregunta de sus ojos. It leads with Ricardo Darín, whom I remember from XXY (Filmstalker review) and El Aura (The Aura) (Filmstalker review) and whose performances stuck with me. Here he looks even stronger.

Of course the film won Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars and took away a host of awards at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Argentina, Cinema Writers Circle Awards of Spain to name but two. It's certainly being really well received and I'd recommend it as a film you should see.

A short blurb about The Secret in Their Eyes (El secreto de sus ojos) tells us a little about the story before we see the excellent trailer:

For 25 years, a murder case has remained indelibly etched on Benjamín Espósito's mind. Now retired, he decides to go back over that story and take another look at a past full of love, death and friendship. But those memories, once released and replayed a thousand times over, will change his view of that past. And rewrite his future.

There's a much bigger blurb available, but I think it gives away a little too much. Suffice to say that the lead character is writing a book based on one of the cases he's worked on in the past, and while the officials are looking at other suspects, he and some of his colleagues, believe in only one suspect.

It sounds and looks a powerful thriller, and please don't be put off by subtitles, really, there's so much more to be had from foreign thrillers these days that you really can't get in western ones. Give it a go, and if you aren't used to subtitles watch some foreign films at home and practice.

Try not to rapidly race to read them and leap back to the picture, I find that the worst. Actually I can't even think right now how I do it. It's either that I'm desensitising my focus so I'm not pinpointing my vision on one part of the picture all the time or I'm just taking my time in the shot. I guess it's like trying to watch an IMAX film. If you say you can't read subtitles then there's no way you can take in a big screen. Can anyone explain how they read subtitles effectively?

Anyway. Go see The Secret in Their Eyes (El secreto de sus ojos).



I used to think it was difficult to read the subtitles, probably the same as everyone else when you are new to it, but after a lot of subtitled movies, I have found that the words just appear in your head. It is very unusual that I have to scan the screen to read, but I think we are also helped along by the fact that during most full on action sequences, there is very little dialogue.

I find that, I just tend to read them and the more I think about how the more I start actually reading them! I wonder if you just learn how to absorb the words as part of the entire picture?

I agree, I hardly ever have to scan across each of the words to read the subtitles.


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