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Seven Days (2010)

  • Rate: 6.5/10 total 2,806 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Release Date: 12 November 2010 (Mexico)
  • Runtime: 105 min | Canada:111 min (Québec)
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Seven Days (2010)


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  • IMDb page: Seven Days (2010)
  • Rate: 6.5/10 total 2,806 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Release Date: 12 November 2010 (Mexico)
  • Runtime: 105 min | Canada:111 min (Québec)
  • Filming Location: Québec, Canada
  • Budget: $CAD3,400,000(estimated)
  • Director: Daniel Grou
  • Stars: Claude Legault, Rémy Girard and Martin Dubreuil
  • Original Music By: Nicolas Maranda   
  • Plot Keyword: Surgeon | Revenge | Jasmine | Eight Year Old | Police

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Patrick Senécal  adaptation
  • Patrick Senécal  novel "Les sept jours du talion"

Known Trivia

  • There is no music in the entire movie, not even during the end credits.

Goofs: Anachronisms: 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.

Plot: A doctor seeks revenge by kidnapping, torturing and killing the man who raped and murdered his young daughter. Full summary » |  »

Story: 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  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Nicole Robert known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Claude Legault known as Bruno Hamel
  • Rémy Girard known as Hervé Mercure
  • Martin Dubreuil known as Anthony Lemaire
  • Fanny Mallette known as Sylvie Hamel
  • Rose-Marie Coallier known as Jasmine Hamel
  • Alexandre Goyette known as Boisevert
  • Dominique Quesnel known as Maryse Pleau
  • Pascale Delhaes known as Diane Masson
  • Maxime Bessette known as Jeune rocker
  • Pascal Contamine known as Morin
  • Daniel Desputeau known as Gilles Médecin
  • Valérie Gervais-Lillo known as Caissière essence
  • Isabelle Page known as Lectrice de nouvelles (as Isabelle Pagé)
  • Maxime Allard known as Journaliste Fafard
  • Garry Gagnon known as Caméraman Fafard
  • Michel-André Cardin known as Journaliste chalet
  • Sophie Beauchesne known as Ambulancier terrain
  • Jean-François Boudreau known as père Laurie
  • Léa-Marie Cantin known as femme de Mercure
  • Amélie Chérubin-Soulières known as mère Laurie
  • Catia Cisca known as Policier arrestation
  • Emilie Deslandes known as Policier boulevard (as Émilie Deslandes)
  • Olivier Fichaud-Ladouceur known as Tuer du dépaneur
  • Lisette Guertin known as Infirmière opération
  • Alexis Lefebvre known as policier Rick
  • Marika Lhoumeau known as mère de Marion
  • Gerardo Lo Dico known as Policier Sainte-Julie
  • Dirodel Thremidor known as Policier arrestation
  • Pascal Anctil known as Demonstrator (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • C.J. Goldman known as special makeup effects artist
  • Marlène Rouleau known as makeup department head

Art Department:

  • Olivia Barratier known as main title design
  • Marie-Soleil Dénommé known as assistant decorator
  • Lucie Tremblay known as set designer




Production Companies:

  • Go Films


  • Alliance Vivafilm (2010) (Canada) (theatrical) (Québec)
  • Alliance Vivafilm (2009) (Canada) (all media)
  • Aventi (2010) (France) (DVD)
  • E1 Entertainment (2010) (UK) (DVD)
  • E1 Entertainment (2010) (UK) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • IFC Films (2010) (USA) (DVD)
  • MPI Home Video (2010) (USA) (DVD)
  • Pinnacle Films (2011) (Australia) (DVD) (as "Seven Days")
  • Seville Pictures (2009) (worldwide) (all media)
  • Sundance Selects (2010) (USA) (TV) (video-on-demand)



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:
  • Jean-Pierre Boies known as visual effects supervisor
  • Eve Brunet known as visual effects producer: Vision Globale
  • Nathalie Dupont known as digital compositor
  • Patrice Fortin known as colourist
  • Gael Hollard known as digital compositor
  • Tram Luong known as digital artist
  • Philippe Roberge known as digital compositor
  • Antonin Messier Turcotte known as visual effects artist
  • Alexandra Vaillancourt known as visual effects coordinator

Release Date:

  • USA 22 January 2010 (Sundance Film Festival)
  • Canada 5 February 2010 (Québec)
  • USA 26 February 2010 (Cinequest Film Festival)
  • Belgium 18 April 2010 (Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival)
  • USA 25 April 2010 (Newport Beach International Film Festival)
  • South Korea 17 July 2010 (Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival)
  • France 10 September 2010 (L'Étrange Festival)
  • France 21 September 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • USA 28 September 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Poland 11 October 2010 (Warsaw Film Festival)
  • Mexico 12 November 2010
  • France 23 November 2010 (Paris Semaine du Cinéma du Québec)



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. JeremyAR from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 12:23 am

    This movie is very disturbing, and I am used to violence in movies. Infact, it is not the violence that disturbed me, but rather the very,very tense atmosphere charged with various emotions. It feels so heavy,I am still uneasy, an hour and a half after watching it. Those who havewatched Saw or Hostel will find the violence bearable, but this is nota gore movie like these two franchises; it is a psychological film. Ibelieve that knowing these actors very well (not personally) made mebiased towards this movie. I am convinced that if the movie would havefeatured different actors, or perhaps if it wasn't Québécois, Iwouldn't be as troubled as I am right now. It is a weird feeling that Icannot really explain.

    The movie itself is very well done, technically and artistically.Daniel Grou's direction is near perfect for that kind of movie, expectmaybe a few shots which, in my opinion, were unnecessary. The movie hasno soundtrack at all; long stills of the character(s) in silence helpgetting in the mood, help understanding, if that's possible. Whichbrings me to this point: this is a rather slow movie. It reminds me inmany ways of Asian cinema, particularly (some) Japanese movies (maybeYasujiro Ozu). There is minimal dialogue, but well delivered by theactors and I have to give a mention to Martin Dubreuil, who playedAnthony Lemaire. I didn't know him before this movie and he delivers aterribly solid performance here. Claude Legault is also excellent.

    All in all, this is a great film. There is one thing I recommendthough; do not see this in the theatre, because of the damned food andplastic bags noises. The silences in this movie need to be respectedand it is very annoying when you hear someone talk during this movie,even more so because there's no music. Rent it or buy the DVD(Blu-ray?).

    This is my first review, I hope it makes sense.

  2. ElijahCSkuggs from Happy Land, who lives in a Gumdrop House on Lolly Pop Lane
    30 Mar 2012, 12:23 am

    Just like in the recent Australian revenge thriller The Horseman, wehave another Father who's snapped and is now taking matters into hisown hands on account of his little girl's demise. Where that filmbrought a more in your face, action oriented style, 7 Days bring you amore 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 8year old daughter that was raped and murdered. He masterminds a plan toget the perpetrator alone for 7 Days so he can quell his own floodingemotions. It's a simple story that people across the board can relateto, but only a select few would ever try to tackle; and it shows, asthis is no joy-ride for the Father, and his actions against hisdaughter's killer are eating him up inside.

    7 Days is an engrossing film; with it's bleak and unforgiving style, itcaptured me right from the get go, and didn't let loose until the finalscene. 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 whoplayed the murderer, Martin Dubreuil. He did an amazing job as a mangoing through a smörgåsbord of pain and mental battles. One scene inparticular, where himself and our lead (Claude Legault) had a face toface; 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 ormiss 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 mainstreamHostels to the cheap and ugly, Scrapbook, to the overly ridiculous andvile, The Butcher. And as a whole, the sub-genre is pretty weak. Butwhen torture is used as a secondary outfit in a movie, instead of thego to ploy, then I feel, there's hope for the sub-genre. This moviefirst and foremost delivers a story that thrusts you into the Father'sshoes, and urges you to relate through either simple but affectivesymbolism, affective and violent outbursts, or scenes of pain-stakingsolitude. And also adding in a sub-plot with a hardened but sensitivedetective that's trying to stop our protagonist, the film onlyintensifies.

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

  3. from Lévis, Québec Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 12:23 am

    Just finished seeing Les 7 jours du talion and I have to admit thatwords cannot begin to describe how that movie will affect you. Theacting is superb, it is very much a "huis-clos" as we call it inFrench, a duel of actors in an enclosed space where no one else can seethem.

    I'm not a fan of torture porn, I've never seen the Saw and Hostelmovies as they aren't my cup of tea personally. Warning here that theviolence, though rare, is very graphic and realistic. But thecharacters are very convincing, especially in what they DON'T sayaloud. And I agree with the choice not to add a soundtrack to thatmovie, it would detract from the tension in it.

    I know that I normally buy a DVD of a really outstanding movie, butI'll pass on this one, though it is outstanding. It's just that thedark side of human nature does not always bear repeat contemplation.

  4. CinemaPat from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 12:23 am

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

    "7 Days" is a powerful and brutal film about a happily married surgeonwho as a result of the rape and murder of his daughter falls into adark obsession with revenge. WARNING: this movie is VERY graphic andnot 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 jobwith the acting. Fanny Mallette (Sylvia) also did wonderfully, though Iwould have liked to have seen more of her throughout the movie. I foundmyself wondering why the director did not feature more of the mother'sstruggle. There is one scene in particular that showcases the rawtalent Legault and Mallette have. It was a tour de force of brilliantacting.

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

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

  5. Stanislav Protasenia from Greece
    30 Mar 2012, 12:23 am

    One of the most realistic movies I have ever seen. It even beatsRequiem for a Dream which was my top "human", raw and crewel movie. Isay "human" since I have no better word to use for the description ofthe film.

    Yes it was an awesome camera angle play. I will disagree with someviewers about the absents of music. I think it was the key to thesuccess of the film, with no music, viewer is not "guided" to how heshould feel. He simply fills his own personal subjective emotion tocolorize the scenery.

    I think the role play of the main character was performed at top level.The way he shows his emotion, how he jumps from totally in control tocompletely collapsed, is amazing.

    The movie is not for people who prefer to live their live in a bubblechocolate world. It's for those who seek and appreciate the genialityof things.

  6. kluseba from Chicoutimi, Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 12:23 am

    This movie is a very intense psychological thriller filmed in very greyand depressive images and words that create a perfect atmosphere forthis doom slow paced movie. The movie seems to be a simple vengeancestory, but it goes far beyond this. Let me warn you first: There arenot many torture scenes in this movie, so if you expect some gore stuffhere, you may not be satisfied at all in the end. The title and trailercould be somehow misleading.

    The film has in fact a very philosophical touch and questions about thesense of life and death as well as vengeance or forgiveness. The movieshows how difficult such topics are and has almost some documentaryinfluences as it shows the reactions of the society, the police, thevictim's families. But there are also metaphoric elements in this movielike the scenes with the dead deer body that represents the dead bodyof the raped and killed daughter that lead us slowly towards amelancholic end that many find unsatisfying but which fits perfectly tothe whole atmosphere and intention of the movie. The story issurprisingly realistic. All those points I really like about this greatQuebecker movie.

    What I rather dislike is that there is something like a highlightmissing. When the father has kidnapped the murderer of his daughter andthe police is looking for him, you expect that the tension and actionraises, that each character's profoundness may be developed and thatthere are some disturbing twists but nothing happens at all. The movieconcentrates on the profoundness of the main character but I think thatthe characters of the murderer, the police officer or the kidnapper'swife could have been more developed. The movie also concentrates toomuch on the logical follow-up of the story and the tension goes reallydown at some point in the movie as there are no real surprises orturning points like in the heavier and more disturbing shocker "5150 onElm Street", a movie based on the novel by the same author as this one.This movie's strength is its depressive atmosphere and the main actor'sbrilliant acting but it has too much of a one man show.

    If you are looking for an alternative depressive psycho thriller withsome philosophical elements, I highly recommend this movie for you. Butif you are looking for a bloody shocker with a twisted ending, justforget about it.

  7. Corpus_Vile from Dublin, Ireland
    30 Mar 2012, 12:23 am

    Dr Bruno Hamel (Claude Legault) is a devoted husband and father, who isstruck with every parent's worst nightmare, when his eight year olddaughter is brutally raped and murdered. The police soon catch thekiller, 31 year old paedophile Anthony Lemaire (a nicely underplayedperformance from Martin Dubreuil) and have him awaiting trial. However,the good doctor realizes that Lemaire will be out in around 15-25years, and will still have plenty of years left as a free man. This isunacceptable. Hamel therefore resolves to kidnap the killer, take himaway to a nice secluded spot, and systematically torture him for sevendays, culminating in his execution, on what would have been hisdaughter's birthday. The only problem is, that Hamel is no CharlesBronson here. He's a normal everyman, just like you and me. Torturingsomebody is easy in revenge driven fantastical concept, but in reality,it's consuming Hamel, and killing him inside. Will he give thepaedophile his just deserts? Or will he realize his actions, and handhimself in?

    7 Days is not your usual ra-ra-revenge flick and is head and shouldersabove the usual torture themed flicks one tends to usually see. Dark,bleak and relentlessly grim, with some brutal torture sequences, it'scertainly not for everyone. Yet it's also a study in loss and grief,and offers no easy answers to the viewer. Rather than glorify itsrevenge, it simply puts you, the viewer in Hamel's position and asksyou what you'd REALLY do, and how you'd really feel, as in you, theordinary law abiding person, if faced with such a scenario. This ishighlighted via a scene where it turns out that Le Maire has othervictims, and an enraged Hamel watches the news, to see one victim'smother, who dissents from the other parent's "make him suffer" stance,and asks for mercy, which forces you to ask if Hamel is justified here,despite the loathsome status of his victim.

    Shot in a bleached washed out manner, and taking its time to tell itstale, it's not a film that can be ticked via genre boxes, and concludesin a rather unexpected, yet believable manner.

    A highly recommended film, that's well worth checking out.

  8. jpurits-604-559217 from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 12:23 am

    I really liked this movie and am sad to say that I do not want to watchit again. The subject matter is very disturbing and not something youreally want to go through more than once. The movie was very well doneand realistic. While watching it you will go through a whole case ofemotions, from anger, distraught, disgust to the feeling of love afather has for his daughter.

    Amazingly acted and directed, this movie was done in a perfect, raw,way to help you feel what the father is going through.

    I really can't understand how some reviewers did not see a point inthis movie. I would spell it out for them, but do not want to spoil theexperience for anyone reading this review. There is a point to thismovie and it's really simple.

    I love the fact that this movie did not have the usual twists andsurprises that have become so prevalent with Hollywood thrillers. Seemslike a lot of plots now a days rely too heavily on the surprise twistand "I did not see that coming" response from the movie goer ratherthan emotion.

    This movie hits you like a tonne of bricks and keeps you on the edgeuntil the very end.

    WELL DONE !!!

  9. udi from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 12:23 am

    This movie is probably one the better movies in it's genre. It hasgroundbreaking images and scenes that were once considered taboo inmainstream cinema. It's not for the faint of heart, so I advise "Bambi"lovers, who might be considering to watch this, to move on to the nextmovie they had in mind. The silent scenes and the build up to theclimax are just terrific and have a classic Hitchcock feel to them. Theacting is superb and realistic and the director makes excellent use ofthe images with the actors depiction of grief and rage, which I mustadmit, is very convincing. The controversial topic of the movie helpsto lock the viewer to the seat from the get-go. From then on, it's puremastery and you can't get your eyes of the screen, even when the imagesare graphic and truly disturbing. This movie is a milestone and acinematic piece of art. You cannot stay indifferent to it. It will beremembered as "Psycho" was remembered. Each time you send your childoutside by herself the memory of this movie will kick in. When someone,down the road, will ask you "Did you see 7 days?" – you won't be ableto say "I don't remember" or "Maybe" if you saw it. Images of thismovie will stay ingrained in your mind forever. The director of thismovie if very promising and I predict there will be additionalmasterpieces down the road.

  10. PhantomAgony from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 12:23 am

    Is revenge the only real justice when someone you love is killed at thehands of another?

    That is the question that '7 Days' asks and in a way lets the audienceanswer as they watch a Father (Claude Legault) get revenge on hisdaughter's killer (Martin Dubreuil).

    Jasmine Hamel, an 8 year old girl, left her home to pass outinvitations door to door for her upcoming birthday party on her way toschool. She wanted her Father, Bruno – a Doctor – to accompany her butafter just coming home after his shift at the hospital, was too tired.Her Mother (Fanny Mallette) offered to go but Jasmine wanted her Fatheror no one…so she left alone. Jasmine never made it to school andafter a frantic search of the surrounding area, her lifeless body wasfound. She had been raped and murdered. Grief and blame immediately setin for her parents, especially Bruno who opted not to join his daughteron her walk. A message was also sent from the school about Jasmine'sabsence which Bruno never received until it was too late. He onlylearned about his daughter missing from a school friend who arrived todrop off her homework. What if he'd heard the message earlier? Would hehave been able to save her? Jasmine's Mother can't shake this thought.

    The accused rapist/murderer is quickly found through a DNA match tosperm left on her body and the man is taken into custody… and Bruno'splan begins. Is jail enough of a punishment for the man that took awayhis daughter? Not for Bruno who decides that torcher and revenge is theonly way to make the man truly pay for what he did.

    The kidnapping of the accused rapist/murderer and subsequent torcher isthe majority of the movie. This is not a film about police work orfinding out who killed Jasmine. It's not a film about the man's trialor the search for her when she first goes missing – all of that is amere backdrop for the true focus of the film – a Father's pain and needfor revenge and the sick, twisted journey he takes as he physicallytorchers and beats the man who took his daughter from him.

    It's up to the audience to decide if they support the Father's actionsor not and if revenge is truly the only real way to seek justice.

    Beware – the torcher scenes are graphic, realistic and very disturbingand there is a lot of full frontal male nudity (the accusedrapist/murderer is stripped nude once kidnapped and naked the rest ofthe film). However, I don't see the film as something only a sadist whoenjoys the sub-genre of 'torcher porn' would like – b/c the movie ismore about the emotions behind the actions than the actual physicalpain.

    Does the Father actually kill his daughter's killer in the end whengiven the chance? Watch and find out.

    7/10 Good Movie

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