53. Death Penalty

There are many countries in the world who have abolished death penalty & there are even more associations who rally for the cause to abolish it in India but what effect will this bring about in the mindset of criminals ?????

Will you be able to digest the fact that a notorious criminal will be able to save his skin from the clutches of justice ???

Will you feel safe if all these butchers are set free to roam around in jail where they might tutor & breed even more criminals ????

Will a person feel vindicated to see the life of the criminal who tortured to death his loved one just end in a few seconds by hanging ????

PLOT : " A legal counselor tries to pen down a novel about a case of rape & murder that took place 25 years before. "

"El secreto de sus ojos" aka "The Secret in Their Eyes" is a spanish film that won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd Academy Awards.The interest to watch the film became even more after watching its trailer.

I still can't stop thinking about the film ,such was the subtle impact the film had over me.The film faithfully follows the life of a legal counselor who tries to unravel the case of a brutal rape & murder of a newly wed wife ,his hesitations in expressing his love for his senior counselor & the trauma faced by the husband who had lost his lovely wife.

Directed by Juan José Campanella ,based on Eduardo Sacheri's novel La Pregunta de Sus Ojos (The Question in Their Eyes).Its a crime thriller set in the backdrop of 1974 Argentina ,the film also portrays the unstable nature of the judicial system where criminals are let scot free.

The flow of the film was never disturbed at any part during its running time of 2 hours ,the director maintained the pace of it beautifully.The characters in the film were all very realistic & hard-hitting.

Ricardo Darín as the counselor ,Soledad Villamil his love interest & senior counselor ,Guillermo Francella his assistant ,Pablo Rago as the husband & the accused as Javier Godino gave outstanding performances.

Cinematography Félix Monti of 1970s Argentina was very justifiable ,the colour tones used helped as it went well with the film ,it gave a serious & a more concerned look for it.

Juan José Campanella also took care of the editing ,his dedication to the film is evident as the plot never looses its rhythm.By the time the film gets over the audience will be left pondering over & over.

I have never read this novel yet but seeing the way the movie had come out i would certainly love to give this a read.

The sufferings of the husband & his desperation in finding out the one who had taken the life of the person he loved most was very moving.The justice he seeks out for the horrific murder was definitely right ,we cant let criminals like those suffer a quick death.

After all death penalty is awarded to serve as warning but what use is it if its carried in a simple manner ,its only justifiable if similar gruesome treatment is meted out to the criminals who carry out heinous crimes.We cant bring back the dead but we can however make an example out of these criminals so that it serves as a stern warning for those who think they can get away with anything.

  • Rating : "A" for nudity & violent images.
P.S : " As of 2009 it is Argentina's most viewed cinema movie since 1983, with nearly 3 million viewers.
This is the second movie directed by Juan José Campanella to receive an Oscar nomination. The first one was Son of the Bride (2001). "


Rajlakshmi said...

loved the variety of movies you review :)
this one too sounds interesting.

sm said...

death punishment ,
still 54 criminals are waiting

Babli said...

I was not aware of this movie. Seems to be a good and interesting movie. You have given a wonderful review.

Madhu said...

where on earth do u get such films from..:?

Sat_hi_sh said...

@ Rajlakshmi

This is a very interesting movie yaar ,watch it & you'll not regret :)

Sat_hi_sh said...

@ sm

54 criminals ????
India's judicial system is pathetic...

Sat_hi_sh said...

@ Babli

Thanks for ur regular comments :)
Comments are my main motivating factor :)

Sat_hi_sh said...

@ Madhu

Just like that bump into such movies :)

beach volleyball Chennai said...

Your work is pretty well,hope to see the movie death penalty..

Ram's Unfazed views said...

This is a really good review for a good flick, Loved the cinematography and the screenplay. One of the goof foreign flicks i saw of late.

chitz said...

I came 2 read about endhiran..where did the post disappear to?? :(:(

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

That's a serious movie. Sounds interesting!!!
All gals trip to Yercaud
Being a Saree clad Bride's Maid

Sh@s said...

Congrats to you for writing such a compelling review. I am so intrigued by the plot and your description. Is there a translation of the novel available?
Waiting to watch the movie.

Sh@s said...

Thanks for writing about the movie else i would have missed such a wonderful one. I had to come back to say this and that the movie was great. Just watched it and I am yet to recover from it. A very valid question you have raised. Death penalty, can it be a solution? Life sentence is another joke which is only for 14 years and not for the entire life and one can escape or lessen those number of years as well. Plz watch "The Life of David Gale" it centers around life sentence. I am sure you won't be disappointed.
Keep writing!!

Sat_hi_sh said...

@ beach volleyball Chennai

The movie's name is "The secret in their eyes" ,i just give titles for my posts :)

Sat_hi_sh said...

@ Ram's Unfazed views

Thanks for the compliments :)

Sat_hi_sh said...

@ chitz

was very disappointed with endhiran ,so only deleted that post yaar :(

Sat_hi_sh said...

@ Mitr Friend - Bhushavali

Its a very serious & thought provoking movie pa :)

Sat_hi_sh said...

@ Sh@s

Ur feedback is very encouraging :)
"Virumandi" ,a tamil film by Kamal Hassan is inspired from the "Life of David Gale"...

Yet to see the latter ,will get back to you once i watched it :)

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