The Secret in Their Eyes
Another man dies, the rapist goes free and the corruption of the Argentine police and an entire political system are revealed to all. But in the twenty-five years it takes to solve the crime, the two people at the center of the story slowly acknowledge their love for each other and finally, at the end, are able to embrace.
I think that in the American version, if there were one, they wouldn’t have been able to keep their hands off one another through the second reel. How is it that the nobility of restraint can be so elevated in one culture and virtually ignored in another?
The wonderful moment of what feels like their final good-bye, when they are near enough to kiss, near enough to embrace, and are aware of the strength of the feeling they have for one another other. But they allow themselves only enough proximity to inhale deeply of each other’s scent and to feel the warmth of each other’s flesh without quite touching, that moment is as rich and passionate, tantalizing and seductive as much of Kar Wai Wong’s work in his mesmerizing In the Mood For Love or the sequel 2046.
Interestingly enough, Kar Wai Wong claims that his style of filmmaking is influenced by the Argentinean author Manuel Puig.
The Secret In Their Eyes won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film this year. It’s currently playing at the Oriental Theatre.