The Secrets in Their Eyes (El secreto de sus ojos, Argentina-Spain, 2009)

An awkward lift moment

This Oscar winner needs knowledge of Argentina in the 1970s, a CIA backed military dictatorship, to make full sense of it but I suspect it’s tale of underdogs taking on the system for justice would entertain anyway. There are some excellent set pieces – such as the one above where our protagonists meet their prey – and performances are strong. This review suggests the protagonist is gay something that I totally missed but the argument’s convincing. It’s also interesting that though the film features a strong female character, it still fails the Bechdel test.

Bechdel test: Fail (12/4)
Protagonist: Male (2/11)

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