The Secret in Their Eyes/Kauderer and Jusid

April 22, 2010


Academy Award Winner for best foreign language film in 2009, The Secret In Their Eyes, (Argentina) is opening to selected US theaters on 4/16/10. This wildly popular (already in the top 250 of IMDB) Jean Jose Campanella film tells the story of a retired court clerk who decides to write a story about a 25 year old case that he had direct experience with. As the writing and research begin to take shape he begins to find out more and more resulting in a lot more than he originally bargained for.

Composers Kauderer and Jusid offer a subdued and tragic soundtrack, filled with delicate piano, sorrowful violin playing, and strings that unfold the tale in “Adagio for Strings” style. Performed by the Bulgarian Symphony, the score has been awarded as best in Argentina, Spain, Clarin, Havana and others. While there is percussion in key parts, there is no brass and it is primarily for piano and strings. This is definitely to be put in the category of chamber music on the elegiac side. “Her Eyes,” (link of track below) the opening track, sets the mood with cello, piano, and a complement of strings in a repeated theme. “Passion” begins with the loudest passage offering a frantic sound bite of 20 seconds that could go along with a commercial of someone running in an airport. It quickly shifts gears to a more subdued theme offered by the entire orchestra. “Sandoval’s Choice” is a pondering, slow moving underscore with a wordless chorus of a religious nature. “Liliana’s Music Box” is a pretty little tune done with the tinkle percussion sound but is a different melody from “Liliana’s Theme” offered on the cello and also in “The Train” as a poignant elegiac melody. Marston Smith on cello and Jusid and Kauderer on piano provide nicely played offerings, well recorded.

Overall this score is one to listen to when you want some music for the quiet times, relaxing, or easy to listen to background music while you’re working on something else. It is overall pleasant, passionate in sections, religious sometimes, but never over the top. Recommend. Available as a digital release on 4/13/10 and CD release on 5/25/10.

1. Her Eyes (1:47)

2. The Doubt (3:01)

3. Suspicious Photo (2:42)

4. Passion (1:13)

5. Sandoval´s Choice (1:56)

6. Crime Scene (2:03)

7. The Train Leaves (2:37)

8. Seeking Morales (1:05)

9. In the Cage (3:24)

10. He´s Back 1:30)

11. Finding Sandoval (1:25)

12. Main Theme (1:16)

13. The Elevator (1:46)

14. The Letters (1:46)

15. Liliana’s Theme (0:44)

16. The Bad News (0:57)

17. The Detainees (0:47)

18. Liliana´s Music Box (1:06)

19. Farewell (1:41)

20. Gomez (1:34)

21. The Call (2:22)

22. Unwrapping the Truth (1:09)

23. The Doubt – Reprise (8:56)

One Response to “The Secret in Their Eyes/Kauderer and Jusid”

  1. David Says:

    Thanks for the review, Sdtom. I’m from Argentina and I’m happy to know that our movies can have such great scores like this one. I’m one of the few soundtrack fans
    in this country filled with that awful trash pop music and the vomit called ‘cumbia villera’. There are few argentinian composers who have their mark on the film scoring
    business like Gustavo Santaolalla, Lalo Schriffin and Osvaldo Golijov, so I’m happy that unknown composers like Federico Jusid and Emilio Kauderer can be
    recognized and their scores being listened by the worldwide film music community.

    I love the themes like Irene’s theme which is also the main theme of the soundtrack, Liliana’s theme, Gomez’s theme played (I think so) in
    Suspicious Photo, Sandoval’s Choice, Finding Sandoval and The Doubt – Reprise. This the greatest argentinian film I’ve seen and the score is one of my 2009’s favorites
    along with Up, 2012, Star Trek, Half-Blood Prince, Avatar and Sherlock Holmes. So again, thanks for the review.

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