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24 Days (2015)

24 Days (2015)

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In January of 2006 a beautiful young woman walks into a Parisian cellphone shop, looks around, and asks for the sales attendant's number. Later, she calls asking to meet. Who could have known Ilan, the 23 year old man, was flirting with death? The next time his family hears from him is through a cryptic online message from kidnappers demanding ransom. French director Alexandre Arcady delivers one of the most "wrenching and politically astute" films to come out of France (Screen Daily). Based on a book co-written by Ilan's mother, Ruth Halimi, Arcady's cinematic adaptation offers a searing insight into his vicious ordeal, the violent world of the gang of Barbarians, and the harrowing experience of his family waiting and hoping the Police would save their son. For 24 days the Police, insistent upon handling the case as a normal for-ransom kidnapping, fail to recognize the anti-Semitic hatred of his abductors. Many opportunities to save Ilan are missed or squandered as his family receive nearly 700 phone calls, insults, threats, photographs and sound recordings of their tortured son.(C) Menemsha

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Cast

Zabou Breitman
as Ruth Halimi
Sylvie Testud
as Brigitte Farell
Pascal Elbé
as Didier Halimi
Jacques Gamblin
as Commandant Delcour
Eric Caravaca
as Lieutenant Fernandez
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[It] has a more upsetting dimension than most suspense dramas as it's based on a true story, a story that touches on issues still roiling France today.

April 24, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Knowing the outcome behind the true-life tragedy "24 Days" doesn't diffuse the horror, the tension or the sadness of watching one family's drama unfold day after agonizing day when a son is kidnapped and hope dies.

April 23, 2015 | Full Review…

24 Days takes strength from real-world specifics. But the most powerful thing about the movie is its rejection of omniscience. The crime it reconstructs is beyond understanding.

April 23, 2015 | Full Review…
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Sadly, "24 Days" isn't nearly as involving as it should be.

April 23, 2015 | Full Review…

As a suspenseful true crime story, "24 Days" succeeds. As a warning against the ever present dangers of anti-Semitism, it is eloquent and disturbing. It's in combining the two that Arcady mishandles the case.

April 23, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

24 Days is neither subtle nor particularly sophisticated as filmmaking, but its refusal to reduce lived reality to generic tropes is admirable.

April 23, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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