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Director: Juan Jose Campanella
Cast: Soledad Villami, Ricardo Darin, Carla Quevedo, Pablo Rago
Other: Based on a novel by Eduardo Sacheri
Year and Running Time: Argentina 2009, 127 minutes
Year Screened: 2010
In 1999, retired Argentinian federal justice agent BenjamÃn EspÃ³sito is writing a novel, using an old closed case as the source material. That case is the brutal rape and murder of Liliana Coloto. In addition to seeing the extreme grief of the victim's husband Ricardo Morales, BenjamÃn, his assistant Pablo Sandoval, and newly hired department chief Irene MenÃ©ndez-Hastings were personally affected by the case as BenjamÃn and Pablo tracked the killer, hence the reason why the unsatisfactory ending to the case has always bothered him. Despite the department already having two other suspects, BenjamÃn and Pablo were certain that a man named Isidoro GÃ³mez is the real killer. Although he is aware that historical accuracy is not paramount for the novel, the process of revisiting the case is more an issue of closure for him. He tries to speak to the key players in the case, most specifically Irene.
This is a film that you can't take your eyes off until the lights are back on. A character driven thriller about a crime and a love. It has some excellent camera work, particularly in the chase scene. Well acted, well paced, with an ideal ending.
There have been a number of fine films from Argentina in recent years, such as BombÃ³n el pero, Nina Santa, and Nine Queens. It looks as though this one may achieve the widest success of any of them.