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7 Days (Les 7 jours du talion) (2010)

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A surgeon seeks revenge on the man who raped and murdered his eight year old daughter by kidnapping her accused killer and torturing him for seven days. His life and marriage destroyed by the heinous crime, grieving father Bruno Hamel (Claude Legault) sinks in to a deep depression, and begins formulating a diabolical plan for revenge. Intercepting the police escort as they transport the alleged perpetrator (Martin Dubreuil) to the courthouse, Bruno abducts the man and whisks him away into the

Sep 28, 2010

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Director Grou lacks the gene for sheer, bloody exploitation, he also doesn't know how to rack up the tension and get under viewers' collective skin.

January 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
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Despite the blood and gore, 7 Days is a cut above the usual splice-and-dice horror festival, but it's not for the squeamish or fainthearted.

January 20, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Like most brave thrillers that delve into very dark places, '7 Days' is not so much "fun" as it is fascinating.

April 6, 2010 Full Review Source: FEARnet
FEARnet

This first feature from Daniel Grou, which recently premiered at Sundance, has much to offer.

February 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

...one of the most gripping thrillers to come around in quite some time.

January 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Torture porn goes philosophical in this meditation on the emotional and psychological toll of vengeance.

January 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

7 Days is a brutal, passionate and precisely drawn refutation of a standard-issue cinematic revenge picture, containing harrowing and visceral scenes of violence side-by-side with delicate moments of recognizable humanity.

January 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Brave the violence and see a filmmaker in utter control of a story we thought we'd seen done too many times to appreciate all over again.

January 24, 2010 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

Grou's thriller tells a deeply immersive story that at no point strays from its intended path & delivers with such a punch that you'll be talking about it for 7 days after.

January 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Bloody Disgusting
Bloody Disgusting

In directing this torture porn, Daniel Grou is intent on dismissing the doctor's oath, 'primum non nocere,' and he does that quite well.

January 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

Perhaps not quite torture porn but undeniably torture drama, 7 Days is one of the most gut-wrenching and disgusting things you could order On Demand all year.

January 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Retriever
Movie Retriever

I found myself noticing the room tone above all else, which may be a testament to the sound guy, but it's also a testament to how engrossing some other aspects of the movie aren't.

January 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Geekweek
Geekweek

Audience Reviews for 7 Days (Les 7 jours du talion)

An extremely uncomfortable drama that follows a man yearning so much for revenge and doing things he could have never imagined being capable of. The gut-wrenching story is surprisingly moving, refusing the exploitation and nihilism, but nevertheless going a bit too far in a poor, shallow symbolism.
January 23, 2012
blacksheepboy

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If you go into this expecting an extreme torure-porn gore flick you will be left disappointed. This is not a horror film, it is disturbing thought-provoking drama about a father who kidnaps the man responsible for the rape and murder of his daughter and plans to torture him over a period of 7 days. The film is grim and has a cold realistic atmosphere throughout with no musical score and little dialogue. There are only three moments of physical torture to endure, though they are not very gory they still are brutal and painful to watch. But the pacing of the film was quite slow and the ending was unsatisfactory, but the acting was very good all-round.
January 16, 2011
WrenchLT
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Ok..this movie had 4 stars from me right up to the very last minute of the movie. It just abrubtly ends with a not so satisfying conclusion. It was riveting up to that last minute, however. An unnerving study of the unraveling of the human psyche, spiraling down from hard-working family man to the evil being he was trying to destroy. Graphic and uncomfortable to watch, but realistic in its potrayal of how one man tries to rectify a situation that happens too often in todays society. French or not, a really good film....I just wish they found a different ending. :(
October 26, 2010
itsjustme2004

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Justice is blind. So is vengeance.

"Every time you torture that man, you're killing your daughter again."

This is *so* not the movie I was expecting. Honestly, the marketing gets this all wrong but I understand why: it's pitched as a kind of Saw/Hostel torture-porn (I *hate* that term) - a film in which the lead well get bloody and sadistic revenge on the man who raped then murdered his 8 year-old daughter, over the course of one week. This is not what 7 Days is at all. It's a shocking film there's no doubt about that, and it is graphic in places. But what it isn't is exploitative or sensationalist. It's bloody and gory but the film does not intend the viewer to get off on this. Neither, however, is the viewer necessarily invited to be feeling the victim's pain or empathising with him, given the horrific crime he himself has perpetrated. Instead, it's a meditation on grief, an exploration of vengeance, and finally, like all good films should be, it's an argument that vengeance is simply not an answer. An eye for an eye, to paraphrase Ghandi, will make the world blind. There is a turning point that you can see from the reactions and the body language of lead actor Claude Legault (here giving a performance of real substance and complexity) where there's a realisation that things are not working out the way they had been planned for. From here, the film *could* have easily gone one of two ways, but instead there are no easy answers, no offensive rhetoric.

Towards the end of this film is one of the most moving scenes I have ever seen. I won't spoil it here, but it's a brave thing to have written and shot as it could have so easily been fudged. Instead, it quietly elevates 7 Days to something quite extraordinarily brilliant.
January 15, 2011
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