If your knowledge of this year's Academy Award-winning Best Foreign Language Film is limited to your office Oscar pool, you now have a chance to see it for yourself. The Argentine-Spanish collaboration "The Secret in Their Eyes" opens locally starting Friday.

If your knowledge of this year's Academy Award-winning Best Foreign Language Film is limited to your office Oscar pool, you now have a chance to see it for yourself. The Argentine-Spanish collaboration "The Secret in Their Eyes" opens locally starting Friday.

Upon his retirement, investigator Benjamin Esposito (Ricardo Darin) decides to write a novel based on the events of a case that never left him, a decades-old rape and murder in Buenos Aires.

Benjamin shares his book plans with Irene (Soledad Villamil), a former colleague with whom he's secretly been in love for nearly as long as he has known her.

Director Juan Jose Campanella has crafted both a pot-boiling crime thriller full of colorful characters and corruption and a quite remarkable love story.

Darin brings Esposito's dual obsessions to life in a performance overflowing with passion without being too showy. It's made more remarkable by the fact that he portrays the same man decades apart.

I'm not sure "Eyes" tops fellow Oscar nominees "The White Ribbon" or "A Prophet," but it certainly establishes last year's Oscar class as a remarkable one.