7 Days - Preview & competition
Preview by Jack Foley
DIRECTED by Daniel Grou, aka Podz, and adapted for the screen by author Patrick Senécal (5150 Elm’s Way; Evil Words) from his best-selling novel, Les sept jours du talion, 7 Days is an intense and disturbing French Canadian thriller in the tradition of the Saw movies, but if they had been directed by Michael Haneke or Lars von Trier.
Middle-aged surgeon Bruno Hamel (Claude Legault), his wife Sylvie (Fanny Mallette) and their eight-year-old daughter Jasmine (Rose-Marie Coallier) are living a happy but fairly uneventful life in the quiet suburban town of Drummondville.
That all changes one beautiful autumn afternoon when Jasmine fails to return home from school and is later found to have been raped and murdered by a local man, Anthony Lemaire (Martin Dubreuil). The loss of their daughter has a profound effect on Bruno and Sylvie, driving a wedge between them and leaving both, particularly Bruno, drowning in a whirlpool of despair.
When the killer-rapist is eventually arrested and scheduled to appear in court charged with the multiple murders of young female victims, Bruno’s emotions turn from guilt and grief to anger and a desire for revenge inspiring him to hatch a detailed plot to kidnap Lemaire, take him to a secret location and make him pay for his crimes.
Everything goes according to plan and with the monster now in his custody Bruno contacts the police and reveals his terrifying intentions: he will torture Lemaire for seven days before executing him and then turning himself in…
A dark exploration of the mind of a man driven to the edge of sanity by his own grief, this bold thriller with graphic scenes of violence that push the scenario into the realms of pure horror premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2010 to wide acclaim.
Starring Claude Legault (Everything Is Fine) as the broken father and husband seeking the ultimate revenge and Martin Dubreuil (Everything Is Fine) as the killer-turned-victim, 7 Days co-stars Fanny Mallette (The Broken Line) and award winning, veteran Canadian actor Rémy Girard (The Barbarian Invasions; The Red Violin).
7 Days (cert. 18) will be released on DVD (£12.99) by E1 Entertainment on August 23, 2010. Read our review
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