The Argentinean thriller, “The Secret In Their Eyes”, is the winner of The Best Foreign Film Academy Award. Directed by Juan Jose Campanella (a regular director on House, Law And Order, 30 Rock), this thriller has become the highest grossing film in Argentina and Spain. It tells the story of Benjamin who is retired from working with the Criminal Court who decides to write a book on a case he worked on twenty years ago. Sony Pictures Classic is releasing the film in the USA on April 13. The soundtrack features a beautiful score by composers Emilio Kauderer and Federico Jusid.


    1. Her Eyes
    2. The Doubt
    3. Suspicious Photo
    4. Passion
    5. Sandoval´s Choice
    6. Crime Scene
    7. The Train Leaves
    8. Seeking Morales
    9. In the Cage
    10. He´s Back
    11. Finding Sandoval
    12. Main Theme
    13. The Elevator
    14. The Letters
    15. Liliana’s Theme
    16. The Bad News
    17. The Detainees
    18. Liliana´s Music Box
    19. Farewell
    20. Gomez
    21. The Call
    22. Unwrapping the Truth
    23. The Doubt Reprise


      Retired court employee Benjamín Esposito (Darín) decides to spend his days writing a novel. The recurrent theme that comes to his head is the murder of Liliana Coloto(Quevedo) almost thirty years before. Through flashbacks we learn how his division reluctantly became involved in the brutal rape and assassination of Liliana. How the empty leads affected his relationship with his new boss Irene (Villamil) and his alcoholic co-worker Sandoval (Francella). How Liliana’s husband Ricardo Morales (Rago) became obsessed with catching the murderer and tried to take justice in his own hands once authorities proved ineffective.

      Kauderer wrote the themes in Los Angeles while Jusid fleshed out the score in Spain. The two men collaborated back and forth through e-mail, with each of them divvying up the various cues. The score is classically tinged and relies heavily on the sound of a string choir. At the heart of the score is the heartbreaking theme for the unexpressed love between Esposito and Irene (Villamil). The theme is often played on piano resting on a bed of sustained string chords. Most memorably, it serves as the accompaniment for the touching scene in the train station.

      The CD works as this creation of subtle music exposing the inner drama of our private thoughts. It’s hard to pull apart choice tracks and try to find one element that worked more than the others. Subtle scores are a rarity in cinema anymore, so I was kind of surprised that find such a delightful mix here. The only thing I would’ve changed is how many of the track reflect upon each other.

      Sure, it’s indicative of the many memory flashes in the film. But, doing it so much on an audio format just strikes one as lazy. I will say this for the score, it made me seek out the film. I was pretty annoyed, when this film beat The White Ribbon for the Best Foreign Film Oscar. However, I’ve spent a great deal of time with the world of “The Secret of their Eyes” and I’ve had a new dimension painted for me. I recommend the score, the film and everything related to it for all readers.



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