- Cast: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Javier Godino, Guillermo Francella, José Luis Gioia, Carla Quevedo, Rudy Romano, Mario Alarcón, Alejandro Abelenda, Sebastián Blanco, Mariano Argento, Juan José Ortíz, Kiko Cerone, Fernando Pardo, Elvio Duvini, David Di Napoli, Sergio López Santana, Gabriela Daniell, Alicia Haydée Pennachi, Darío Valenzuela, Judith Buchalter, Liliana Cuomo
- Director: Juan José Campanella
- Writers: Juan José Campanella, Eduardo Sacheri
- Producer: Muriel Cabeza
- Associate Producer: Axel Kuschevatzky
- Executive Producers: Mariela Besuievski, Juan José Campanella, Gerardo Herrero, Vanessa Ragone
- Casting: Walter Rippell
- Costume Design: Cecilia Monti
- D.O.P.: Félix Monti
- Editor: Juan José Campanella
- Makeups: Fernanda Cacivio, Lucila Robirosa
- Musics: Federico Jusid, Emilio Kauderer
- Production Design: Marcelo Pont Vergés
Benjamín Espósito has spent his entire working life as a criminal court employee. Recently retired and with time on his hands, he decides to write a novel. He does not decide to make up a story. There is no need to. He can draw on his own past as a civil servant for a true, moving and tragic story in which he was once very directly involved. In 1974, his court was assigned an investigation into the rape and murder of a beautiful young woman.
At the scene of the crime, Espósito sees the result of the young woman's rape and murder first hand. He meets Ricardo Morales, who had married the girl a short time before and worshipped her body and soul. Moved by Ricardo's grief, Espósito tries to help him find the culprit despite having to contend with the apathy and ineptitude of the police and legal system. He knows that for help he can count on Sandoval, an underling at the office yet a close friend, who occasionally seeks release from the routine of his existence by drinking himself unconscious. He can also turn to Irene, his immediate superior and secretary of the court, with whom he is secretly deeply in love, although there is no hope that she will ever love him.
The search for the murderer is anything but simple. No clues remain at the scene of the crime and Espósito must rely on guesswork and his own instincts to make any progress. Furthermore, Argentina in 1974 is not a peaceful place. It is a perfect backdrop for the violence, hate, revenge and death that rule people's lives and fates. To this ever more hostile and dark setting, Espósito's investigation takes him deep into a world of terrible violence. No longer an observer, he becomes an unwilling central character in a drama in which he is exposed to ever-greater danger.
But it is not only the young Espósito of 1974 who is swept along by the storm of events, for that storm also envelops the present-day Espósito, the old would-be writer, and sets him adrift. By deciding to revive and relive his memories, he has set in motion the wheels of the terrible mechanism of memory. And those memories are neither innocent, neutral nor aseptic. Espósito writes, and as he does so, relives a past that rises up before his eyes and awakens all his demons: particularly those involving his past decisions, uncertainties and irreparable mistakes.
As he moves forward, Espósito begins to see that it is now too late to stop. Telling a story from the past is no longer just a pastime to fill his empty hours. It becomes a narrow, winding path he must take if he is to understand and find justification for his own life, if he is to give any meaning to the years remaining to him, and if once and for all he is to face up to the woman who, thirty years on, he is still in love with.
- Aspect Ratio: Other
- Filming Locations: Buenos Aires, Argentina
- MPAA Warning: A rape scene, violent images, some graphic nudity and language
- Production Budget: $2 million
- Production Companies: 100 Bares, Canal+ España, Haddock Films, Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales, Instituto de Crédito Oficial, Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales, Televisión Española, Televisión Federal, Tornasol Films
- Production Schedule: 9 October 2008 - 27 November 2008
Argentina's official submission to 82nd Academy Award's Foreign Language in 2010 and the eventual winner of that award.
As of 2009 it is Argentina's most viewed cinema movie since 1983, with nearly 3 million viewers.