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7 Days (2010)

Les 7 jours du talion (original title)
Not Rated | | 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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Daniel Grou

Writers:

Patrick Senécal (adaptation), Patrick Senécal (novel)
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Cast

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

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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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

12 November 2010 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

7 Days See more »

Filming Locations:

Québec, Canada

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Budget:

CAD 3,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

CAD 176,969 (Canada), 7 February 2010
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Go Films See more »
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| (Québec)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

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

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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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What every Father says he would like to do.
29 July 2010 | by ElijahCSkuggsSee all my reviews

Just like in the recent Australian revenge thriller The Horseman, we have another Father who's snapped and is now taking matters into his own hands on account of his little girl's demise. Where that film brought a more in your face, action oriented style, 7 Days bring you a more heady approach that focuses on despair, grief and self-conflict. But that's not to say this one, on any level, is less brutal.

As I hinted at, 7 Days is a story of a Father's vengeance for his 8 year old daughter that was raped and murdered. He masterminds a plan to get the perpetrator alone for 7 Days so he can quell his own flooding emotions. It's a simple story that people across the board can relate to, but only a select few would ever try to tackle; and it shows, as this is no joy-ride for the Father, and his actions against his daughter's killer are eating him up inside.

7 Days is an engrossing film; with it's bleak and unforgiving style, it captured me right from the get go, and didn't let loose until the final scene. And at it's core were the performances by the actors involved, who all did stand-out jobs. But I have to really commend the man who played the murderer, Martin Dubreuil. He did an amazing job as a man going through a smörgåsbord of pain and mental battles. One scene in particular, where himself and our lead (Claude Legault) had a face to face; it literally had my breath at a stand-still.

I was not expecting to enjoy this film as much I did. I'm super hit or miss with any film that has torture in it; as I think most people are. I feel like I've seen every single one as well; from the mainstream Hostels to the cheap and ugly, Scrapbook, to the overly ridiculous and vile, The Butcher. And as a whole, the sub-genre is pretty weak. But when torture is used as a secondary outfit in a movie, instead of the go to ploy, then I feel, there's hope for the sub-genre. This movie first and foremost delivers a story that thrusts you into the Father's shoes, and urges you to relate through either simple but affective symbolism, affective and violent outbursts, or scenes of pain-staking solitude. And also adding in a sub-plot with a hardened but sensitive detective that's trying to stop our protagonist, the film only intensifies.

7 Days is a graphic, intimate and emotional film that tells the story of questionable actions from the side you're supposed to be caring for. As the man descends deeper into vengeance he'll quickly reach a fine line that may be impossible to turn back from. You take this journey with him, not knowing which way he'll go.


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