The Secret in Their Eyes

Synopsis: In 1999, retired Argentinian federal justice agent Benjamín Espósito 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, Benjamín, his assistant Pablo Sandoval, and newly hired department chief Irene Menéndez-Hastings were personally affected by the case as Benjamín 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, Benjamín and Pablo ultimately were certain that a man named Isidoro Gómez 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, who still works in the justice department and who he has always been attracted to but
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June 21st, 1974...

was the last day that Morales had breakfast with Liliana Colotto.

And for the rest of his life

he would remember every detail of that morning.

They planned their first holiday, with some tea and lemon

because of the cold, that he drunk with some sugar.

he will always remember that real jam, that he would never taste again.

the tiny flowers on her dress

but mainly.. her smile.

that smile just awaken

mixed with that ray of sun in her cheek

and that...

im afraid

- the gates of heaven must be open, because an angel...


-Bye, girl

-How you say you are?

-How are you, Doctor?

-How are things, Chief? Is the Doctor in?

-Go on, she's in there.

-Thanks holy father, you look well sitting down there

-Hee hee, what a mother fucker...

-Less legs than a passport picture

-The gates of heaven must be op...

-Your highness...

-What a surprise!

-How are you?

-Nothing. I just came by to talk a bit. Are you busy?

-No, i was just looking over a speech, but i know it by heart. Coffee?

-I was asking, because maybe in your priestly life, you decided to take care of yourself.


-Yes, Doctor?

-Go to the coffee shop and bring us two coffees

-but i must finish off the files

-which files? Let me introduce you to Mr Benjamin Esposito,

recently retired from the palace

...and an old friend.

Mariano, the new boy of spring/summer

not bad

take this, bring some petite fur

if you want, also a Tita

-More milk than coffee for me, please

-That's right, you have this little problem...'re old

more milk than coffee for this gentleman

who has this elderly problem wanted me to say something important?

-No, well...think not

-Leave it open, kid. Come, sit down

so what do you know about writing books?

-What? i spent all my life writing.

I can show you all the files

-Ah, the files

and how many pages will you have in your new file?

does it have a title?

-a bit of help would be great

what do you want me to do?

to behave like someone retired?

asking if you need help, a coffee?

i want to write

what's wrong on that?

and i want to write about the Morales case

I don't know why

i was thinking about it

we never talked about it... why didn't we?

-With your handwriting

this is going to be a great mess

-ah, wait...look

-anyway, we will not have problems

at the pace I'm at...

...i couldnt finish the 5th line

I'll end up spending all my money on paper

-Come, come here, give me a hand

-cant believe it

-its really heavy

-cant believe it, the old Olivetti

-it was stocked with the case of

heary dwarf

-the "a" was fixed?

-hah, how funny, with the "a" anybody can write

take it, you two dinasours

will come to an understanding

-i think that now, i won't have any excuses.

i will have to write

but where can i start?

-Start where you remember the best

it was 20 years ago, what is it?

what do you think most about?

-guys, allow me to introduce you to

your new boss...

just come from Harvard

Miss Irene Menendez Hasting

-Hasting, it is Hasting, its scottish

-i'm sorry

-Hasting, new secretary of judge

-subofficial first, Benjamin Esposito

-in fact i went to Cornell, not Harvard

-A pleasure, Pablo Sandoval

official, but first, at your service

-Che, whats up?

are you here?


no, its that I can thin of many ways to start.

But I'm not sure that

they're connected with the story

-then start with the beginning

and don't f*ck with it

-blood bank, hello?

-Mr Esposito

they called from the 25th, they have a case

-secretary 18th, it's their shift

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Eduardo Sacheri

Eduardo Sacheri (Castelar, 1967) is an Argentine writer and professor of History, graduated in the National University of Luján. He is best known for his novel La pregunta de sus ojos which became the basis for the Oscar-winning film El secreto de sus ojos and its American remake. Sacheri co-wrote the film's script in collaboration with its director Juan Jose Campanella. Sacheri and Campanella were also the screenwriters of the animation film Underdogs. He also published a number of short stories, such as Esperándolo a Tito y otros cuentos de fútbol and Lo raro empezó después. In 2016, Sacheri won the Premio Alfaguara for his novel La noche de la usina. more…

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