2 hours, 7 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for a rape scene, violent images, some graphic nudity and language.
DVD Features: Join writer/director Juan José Campanella behind the scenes and on set to see how he casted and created this unique film.
Ricardo Darín ... Esposito
Soledad Villamil ... Irene Menéndez Hastings
Pablo Rago ... Ricardo Morales
Javier Godino ... Isidoro Gómez
Guillermo Francella ... Sandoval
José Luis Gioia ... Inspector Báez
Carla Quevedo ... Liliana Coloto
Rudy Romano ... Ordóñez
psychological thriller from Argentina takes p
two eras: It starts in 1999 and flashes back to
June 1974 when a
federal justice agent, Benjamin
Espósito (Ricardo Darín), becomes
entangled in the investigation of the brutal rape and murder of a young
woman inside her house in a Buenos Aires
neighborhood. Her widowed husband, bank employee Ricardo Morales (Pablo
shocked by the news; Espósito vows to find the killer and bring him to
justice. He's aided by his alcoholic assistent Pablo
Sandoval (Guillermo Francella) and an upper class
lawyer Irene Menéndez-Hastings (Soledad Villamil),
who has taken over as department head. But when Espósito's partner
Romano (Mariano Argento) pins the murder on two
immigrant workers Espósito is enraged and attacks him in a fury.
The investigation continues as Espósito
finds some old pictures provided
by Morales, and spots a young man who's suspiciously
looking at the
murder victim Their good detective work identifies him as Isidoro
Gómez (Javier Godino). Against the
direct order of their boss. Espósito
and Sandoval set out to find Gómez, whose eyes seemed to Espósito that proves that he is the killer
After an exciting chase in a crowded
soccer stadium, Gomez is captured,
followed by an extraordinary
by the always supportive Irene who puts her power as a woman and her
dignity on the line which provokes an admission from Gómez. Espósito informs
Morales of the news of the killer's capture, and receives a hug of
gratitude from the widower. Both men agree
that life in prison will finally set things right. But just when it seems as though the case is closed, corruption rears its ugly head. Things
don't always work out as you'd expect, especially in Argentina.
Writer-director Juan Jose Campanella ("Moon
of Avellaneda") has made a tense, compelling, and
ultimately touching thriller. It won a well deserved
Academy Award as Best Foreign Film of 2009.
It is in Spanish w/English subtitles.