• 7 Days
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    Added: Apr 28, 2010

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7 Days (Les 7 jours du talion) Reviews

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Sarfaraz Abbasi
February 20, 2014
7 Days (French Les 7 jours du talion - OR "The 7 Days of Retaliation") Canadian thriller film - it was written by Patrick Senécal from his novel 'Les sept jours du talion'. 7 Days was directed by Daniel Grou. Starring Claude Legault. It was shown at Sundance Film Festival. The spoken language of the movie is 'French'.

Surgeon Bruno Hamel lives in fine house with his loving wife and eight year old daughter 'Jasmine' (Rose-Marie Coallier). One fine morning Bruno kisses Jasmine before she leaves for her school on foot. The very evening, Bruno answers knock at the door, only to be surprised by Jasmine's classmate who gives him homework for his daughter, who did not appear in the school. Bruno calls the police and joins him in search of his daughter - the police and Bruno locate dead-body of Jasmine, raped and tortured. Police detective Mercury (Rémy Girard) who has himself been suffering from memories of his wife, who was murdered in supermarket-burglary - caught on CCTV footage, that he watches most of the time. Mercury informs Bruno that perpetrator has been caught (after matching of DNA from sperm on victim's body) but the court-proceedings are going to be formality, nothing else. Bruno devises his secret plan, rents a cottage for ($10,000 per day) in woods, buys surgical instruments, and successfully abducts Jasmine's rapist-cum-murderer 'Lemaire' (Martin Dubreuil). Bruno ties him in the cottage and inflicts harsh tortures upon him for 7 days.

It does sound like that usual story you often hear - and to some degree I quite agree with you on that thought. The directing and acting are good - but most of the time the filmmaker does not know what to do next. I mean 7 days title is emphatic and it gives you a thought about what might be in store for you. For me those 7 days passed with no impactful memory of the previous days (what could've actually taken place). - I only noticed a big blow on thigh of the victim by huge hammer, incineration of kidney, and few iron whips.

The film echoes some valid questions about, justice, anguish, law-protection etc.
December 13, 2013
Slice & Dice Horror festival! Not much fun watching!
December 9, 2013
Jeu d'acteur et réalisation irréprochables. C'est juste que le sujet... meutre d'enfant et torture... faut aimer.
Kalind H.
December 9, 2013
Starts off strong like a revenge flick cranked up a few notches, but slowly turns into a snoozefest consisting of lengthy close up shots, looking out onto the lake and sipping beer.
November 16, 2013
Very nice film enjoyed the emotion throughout the fim
October 27, 2013
I thought the story did have hopes to be a great horror movie, but it just got disappointing as it went! Nothing exciting happens, torture didn't last.
October 2, 2013
A difficult French Canadian picture by Daniel Grou. Uncompromising and relentless this story of revenge has a couple of small unique angles but it's largely by the numbers.
September 21, 2013
Grittier and more emotive than Law Abiding Citizen. With a maximum sentence of 25 years for a death penalty crime it's easy to see why the French Gerard Butler didn't wait for a trial. "Grou's thriller tells a deeply immersive story that at no point strays from its intended path." "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."
September 16, 2013
3.5/5 Talk about depressing. If you are expecting something like saw then go somewhere else. Good movie, but more of a psychological drama thriller and, like I said, depressing.
September 10, 2013
"Celui qui recherche la vengeance devrait se souvenir de creuser deux tombes." Cela me rappelle quelqu'un...
bill s.
May 22, 2013
Starts out strong but really peters out after that.
May 11, 2013
J'ai attendu d'avoir terminé le livre avant de regarder le film. Je suis quand même contente que Claude Legeault joua le rôle de Bruno Hamel, mais bon... il y a eu beaucoup de manque de détails, dont le fameux gars qui fabrique la machine... plusieurs fois dans le livre, on le sait présent grâce au "don" qu'Hamel lui fait pour son silence... un des détails importants. Par contre, il y a eu énormément de longueur dans le film (des bouts de silence (...)); ils auraient pu "skipper" ça et mettre d'autres détails... Un généreux 2,5/5.
March 27, 2013
That's what all child rapist, child killer deserves! Great great movie.
October 14, 2011
I streamed this on Netflix. It is disturbingly engrossing and hauntingly double edged.
December 30, 2012
PODZ est de loin un des plus intéressant réalisteur québécois actuellement. Je m'attendais au pire avec cette adaptation du roman de Senécal.... Non!! Tout est joué sur le côté psychologique de Bruno et non pas sur les scènes macabres... En plus la finale laisse pantois!! Belle réussite !
December 29, 2012
I'm not a huge fan of 'torture porn' horror but this is the best i've ever watched. And it actually is more of a revenge/thriller than anything. There are some intense scenes, graphic in nature, but also psychologically. Cast is great, pacing is satisfying, there's a delicate approach to everything and so most of the film pulsates with you. It also, in the very last scene, adequately answers the question whether one gets satisfaction from revenge or not. Essential and not only for horror fans.
November 21, 2012
Canadian French revenge thriller with torture porn scenes you won't soon forget!
November 6, 2012
A movie about cinematography and not a overuse of pointless monologs= epic
October 25, 2012
It is a bit too violent but i feel the father's pain. The film photography is beatiful.
October 10, 2012
Gore, excitant, effrayant, mais diablement bon.
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