7 Days – Review

Posted January 23, 2010 in
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7 Days

Sundance Film Festival

Director: Daniel Grou

It’s a tragedy when a parent must bury their child from the result of an accident, but when the death is the product of a predator’s sadistic fantasy, no form of justice seems fit for the crime. Dr. Bruno Hamel (Claude Legault) and his wife, Sylvie (Fanny Mallette), live in an upper-class neighborhood with the daughter, Jasmine. A week before the girl’s 9th birthday, she is kidnapped, raped and murdered in a nearby park. As the catastrophe inflicts a massive rift in the couple’s marriage, it isn’t long before the prime suspect, Anthony Lemaire (Martin Dubreuil), is arrested with an ample amount of evidence confirming his guilt. The impending trial is considered to be a formality, but Bruno, unbeknownst to anyone (especially his wife), has other plans for the pedophile. After kidnapping Lemaire during the prison transport, the skilled surgeon takes him to an isolated cottage in the woods and informs law enforcement of his intentions to torture him for seven days and eventually kill him before he turns himself in. Grou brings one of the most horrific tales imaginable to life and not only conveys a sense of authenticity from the father’s point of view, but from the killer’s as well. The audience can’t help but feel conflicting emotions as the protagonist carries out his own reparations at the cost of his own sanity. The performances presented by Legault and Dubreuil are horrifyingly magnificent. This film will force you to question your ethics on the value of human life.

–Jimmy Martin

sundance film guide

Screening Times:

 January 22, 2010 – 11:30pm – Prospector Square Theatre

 January 23, 2010 – 6:00pm – Broadway Centre Cinemas VI

 January 25, 2010 – 11:59pm – Egyptian Theatre

 January 28, 2010 – 11:59pm – Holiday Village Cinema IV

 January 30, 2010 – 5:30pm – Library Center Theatre