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This Argentian effort bagged 2010’s Foreign Language Film Oscar instead of The White Ribbon and A Prophet. While not as radical as either, it’s still a superior procedural.
Our protagonist is retired criminal investigator Esposito (Ricardo Darin), who’s attempting to scribble a novel about a 25-year-old case: the unsolved rape and murder of a young bride, which coincided with his country’s slide toward a military dictatorship.
Shifting fluidly between present and past, writer/ director Juan José Campanella also deals delicately with the undeclared feelings between Esposito and colleague Irene (Soledad Villamil), while a preposterous final twist is offset by an instant-classic footy stadium chase scene.
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