7 Days (2010)
"Les 7 jours du talion" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Horror  |  12 November 2010 (Mexico)
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A doctor seeks revenge by kidnapping, torturing and killing the man who raped and murdered his young daughter.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Dubreuil ...
Sylvie Bérubé
Rose-Marie Coallier ...
Jasmine Hamel
Alexandre Goyette ...
Dominique Quesnel ...
Maryse Pleau
Pascale Delhaes ...
Diane Masson
Pascal Contamine ...
Daniel Desputeau ...
Gilles Médecin
Maxime Bessette ...
Jeune rocker
Valérie Gervais-Lillo ...
Caissière essence
Isabelle Page ...
Lectrice de nouvelles (as Isabelle Pagé)
Maxime Allard ...
Journaliste Fafard
Garry Gagnon ...
Caméraman Fafard


Bruno Hamel is a thirty eight year old surgeon. He lives in Drummondville with his wife Sylvie, and their eight year-old daughter Jasmine. Like many happy people, he is leading an uneventful life until a beautiful fall afternoon, when his daughter is raped and murdered. From then on, the world of the Hamel family collapses. When the murderer is arrested, a terrible project germinates in Bruno's darkened mind. He plans to capture the "monster" and make him pay for his crime. The day the murderer appears in Court, Hamel, who had prepared his plan in great detail, kidnaps the monster and later sends the police a brief message stating that the rapist and murderer of his daughter was going to be tortured for 7 days and then executed. Once this task accomplished, he will then give himself up. Written by Deanne Sowter

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Justice is Blind. So is Vengeance.


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12 November 2010 (Mexico)  »

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7 Days  »

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CAD 3,400,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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There is no music in the entire movie, not even during the end credits. See more »


Speaking as a physician, the blow to the perpetrator's right femur, just above his knee joint was sufficient to fracture the femur. Typically a crush injury or other damaging injury to a person's lower extremities causes a fatal shock. In war these injuries are quickly treated with a blood substitute until the person can be moved into a better care facility. In earlier war like WWII, many lives were salvaged that had been lost before because of shock and death. There, they were saved with the venous infusion of plasma. In later conflicts another infusion might be chosen on a battlefield such as Dextran which is the preferred blood volume expander. For a person to survive (as shown in the film) without this regimen is very unlikely. He later does start intravenous infusion, after using the chain to traumatize the victim, yet the victim lived. All are inconsistent with additional sustained life. See more »

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Brutal Revenge Drama
29 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Does knowing your wife's murderer is behind bars make life any more bearable?"

"7 Days" is a powerful and brutal film about a happily married surgeon who as a result of the rape and murder of his daughter falls into a dark obsession with revenge. WARNING: this movie is VERY graphic and not for the easily offended or people with a weak stomach. "7 Days" deals with a very difficult subject matter and does not hold back.

Claude Legault (Bruno) and Rémy Girard (Hervé) did an incredible job with the acting. Fanny Mallette (Sylvia) also did wonderfully, though I would have liked to have seen more of her throughout the movie. I found myself wondering why the director did not feature more of the mother's struggle. There is one scene in particular that showcases the raw talent Legault and Mallette have. It was a tour de force of brilliant acting.

However, the movie is not without it's faults. One of the more interesting decisions made by the director was to not include a musical soundtrack. This worked I think in favor of the atmosphere but there could have been some fill in music at times. It seemed like the director was trying to fill holes in the story a bit too hard. There were a couple of things that didn't make much sense to do and the ending left a little to be desired.

"7 Days" may not be the cream of the crop of revenge flicks, but it does succeed where others fail. It is such a harrowing subject matter and is shot in such a realistic way that you are forced to have an emotional response, whether you like it or not. There are some powerful visuals that will stay with you for days, possibly months after.

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