Say what you will, but the lead actors in Argentine director Juan Jose Campanella's latest film do have lovely (or at least handsomely shot) peepers. But the secrets you ultimately find therein are hilarious. Feeling like he's missed out on life, retired court investigator Esposito (Ricardo Darin) visits his foxy former superior with an idea for a book about a woman's rape-murdernot the funny partduring the dictatorship-shadowed 1970s. Flash back to his unsanctioned investigation of the killingand to sexual tensions with said boss (Soledad Villamil), not uninterested but spoken for. The upshot, amid picturesque hand-wringing about the past: The murder victim's devoted widower inspires Espositos profound regrets over not having the affair. Campanella, who overconfidently takes his time, outfits the film with ludicrous interrogation scenes, a drunken colleague who provides comic relief and redemptive tragedy, and a climactic flood of memories that plays like a trailer. But it's the big reveala secret burden, naturally, to end all secret burdensthat ends the movie with Oscar-winning ridiculousness.
Juan José CampanellaRicardo Darín, Guillermo Francella, José Luis Gioia, Javier Godino, Pablo RagoJuan José CampanellaMariela Besuievski, Juan José Campanella, Carolina UrbietaSony Pictures Classics