Seven Days (Les 7 Jours Du Talion)
Seven Days (Les 7 Jours Du Talion)- Movie Review
A doctor seeks revenge by kidnapping, torturing and killing the man who raped and murdered his young daughter.
Seven Days is a movie in French with subtitles set in French Canada. It’s a little hard to review because of the subject matter. I don’t think I’m going to give away very much because you understand it from the very get go. It’s the story of a very successful surgeon and his beautiful wife who have an adorable eight-year-old who goes off to school one day and awfulness happens. The surgeon figures out a way to get a hold of the perpetrator. The rest of the movie, the seven days, are the days between the day he kidnaps the perp and his daughter’s ninth birthday party, for which she was delivering invitations alone since he was too tired to accompany her. He decides to torture the perp. Needless to say it’s not a pleasant movie. It’s interspersed with the chief of detectives who we find watching a grim video where a store hold-up ends up with a woman being shot in the head who turns out to be his wife. So the juxtaposition is of people who feel that this guy should be tortured because he is a pedophile and a rapist and a murderer, and whether or not this is vigilante justice. The juxtaposition is actually fairly interesting, and it is a compelling movie with very good acting. The problem is that it’s so grizzly, and we are subjected to all of the torture. So, it’s again a hard movie to review because it is very effective. It’s very emotional, but it’s very, very — it’s not even gratuitous as much as it’s just plain violent. So I’ll give it three stars.